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IASTM has developed from many influences over the last 20 years to serve two important purposes. First, to allow unique "access" to anatomical structures when performing various mechanical and neurological therapies- different than traditional thumb, finger, knuckle, thenar, forearm, and/or elbow contacts. And, second to ease the physical burden on practitioners' upper extremity joints when performing long or intense treatment sessions. When using IASTM as an adjunct therapy, the practitioner can cover more ground with less exertion and the patient can experience improved outcomes.
Basic IASTM is outlined in the Logic Primer PDF. Like all manual therapies, clinical effectiveness comes mainly from a good evaluation- you have to treat the dysfunctional tissues/movements and restore them to normal function. IASTM shares with other manual therapies the same proposed mechanisms of action related to: trigger points, fibrous scar tissue, fascial (ground substance/matrix) densification, neurological amnesis, and/or Eastern/TCM energy blockages.
At this time Logic IASTM does not offer training seminars. We strongly believe that IASTM tools complement techniques you already know and perform with your hands. Besides a few precautions unique to tools (see Logic Technique Primer PDF), Instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization is extremely intuitive. That said, there are several companies that offer training in proprietary techniques which can be found by searching the term IASTM on the web. More and more though, educational programs, athletic organizations, license renewal seminars, and practice management groups are offering modules in IASTM (please contact us if you would like resources/content for such a module). If you are completely new to this approach, we advise that you practice the technique strokes detailed in our Primer with a colleague who has had some experience.