Instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM) is really a great manual therapy skill to have in your tool box. However, there are many myths and misconceptions regarding IASTM that I really believe are holding people back from getting started and seeing the benefits of IASTM in their practice.
In this video, Erson Religioso and I discuss some of the myths of IASTM that led us to develop our online educational program at IASTMtechnique.com to teach people how and why we use IASTM:
4 Myths of IASTM
To summarize some of the myths of IASTM discussed in the video:
- IASTM does not have to be expensive to learn or perform. You do not need to spend tons of money on certification courses and crazy expensive tools. Erson and I have a quick and easy online educational program at IASTMtechnique.com that will get you started right away. We even talk about how you can get useable tools for as little as $5!
- IASTM does not have to be complicated to learn. If you are already performing manual therapy or massage, you know everything you need to know to start using IASTM.
- IASTM should not make everyone black and blue! Let me actually rephrase that for emphasis, IASTM is not about being so aggressive that you leave large purple marks and essentially produce superficial capillary hemorrhage. Some redness and petechia is OK, but the over aggressive black and blue is not ideal.
- IASTM tools do not provide as much feedback as my hands. IASTM is a way to compliment your hands, it is not a replacement! In fact, it gives you a different feel that really helps your palpation skills.
Learn How to Start Performing IASTM Today!
Erson Religioso and I’s online educational program will teach you everything you need to know to start using IASTM today! IASTM does not have to be complicated to learn or expensive to start using. Learn everything about IASTM including the history, efficacy, tool options, different stroke patterns, basic techniques, advanced techniques, and how to integrate IASTM into your current manual therapy skills and treatment programs!
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