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IASTM (Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization) Therapy

IASTM (Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization) is an advanced therapeutic technique commonly used by experienced chiropractors, physical therapists, and athletic trainers to release tight muscles and fascia by the use a medical-grade, stainless steel tool “scraped” along the skin.

There are many techniques, within using a metal “scraping” tool, that utilize some form of stainless steel or rubber-based instrument including Graston, FAKTR, IASTM, ASTYM. Often, these various techniques become referred to as ‘blading’ or ‘scraping’ due to the nature of the techniques.

How Does the IASTM Scraping Tool Work?

The scraping tool works in two different ways: locally and neurologically.


By repeatedly scraping the FAKTR tool along an area, our chiropractors can see tiny red dots called ‘Petechiae.’ Locally, these tiny red dots are an indication that blood is returning to the area.

This local breakdown of the tissue creates a positive, PRO-inflammatory response which induces a healing effect in the tissue by stimulating new collagen and elastin production. Collagen and elastin comprise our soft tissue structures.


On a neurological level, the scraping tool allows the brain and body to reconnect better. The brain realizes the area at hand is being addressed, which in turn allows the brain to relax and release the neurological tension being held within the area.

Is Bruising Common with Scraping?

Very light bruising may occur. Anything more than this and you should question the individual’s knowledge with using these types of instruments. Bruising is NOT the goal!

Common Symptoms Relieved Through Chiropractic IASTM

Chiropractic IASTM in Wichita, Kansas, can help reduce and eliminate various neuromuscular pains and problems. Below are some of the common ailments and diagnoses that IASTM can address.

  • Neck pain and spasms

  • Muscle spasms

  • Tight muscles

  • Back pain

  • Sciatica

  • Achilles tendonitis

  • Plantar fasciitis

  • Elbow tendonitis

  • Headaches

  • Shoulder pain

  • Knee pain

  • Shin splints

  • Hip pain

  • Carpal tunnel

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Content written by Dr. Keith Sparks, DC | Functional and Kinetic Treatment with Rehabilitation (FAKTR) Certified
Content reviewed by Dr. Rachel Sparks, DC | Functional and Kinetic Treatment with Rehabilitation (FAKTR) Certified; Graston, Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization Certified

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