Manual Therapy

Within the physical therapy profession, manual therapy is defined as a clinical approach utilizing specific hands-on techniques, including but not limited to manipulation/mobilization, used by the physical therapist to diagnose and treat soft tissues and joint structures for the purpose of modulating pain.

Instrument Assisted Tissue Mobilization

Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) is a process in which the clinician uses a set of hand held instruments to break down the scar tissue and fascial restrictions in soft tissues (muscles, ligaments, tendons, fascia, and nerves). The tools are designed specifically to detect and effectively treat areas with soft tissues fibrosis or chronic inflammation. 

Is effective because it provides controlled microtrauma to the affected soft tissue structures. The technique stimulates a local inflammatory response, which leads to remodeling and repair of affected soft tissues. The instruments allow doctors to identify and treat specific area. Adhesions within the soft tissue that may have developed as a result of surgery, immobilization, or repetitive strain, are broken down, allowing the patient to regain function.

Adhesions within the soft tissue which may have develiooped as a result of surgery, immobilization, repeated strain or other mechanisms, are broken down allowing full functional restoration to occur. 

Types of techniques used in office include:

  • Graston
  • RockBlack
  • Mobility WOD

IASTM Treats Acute and Chronic Conditions

  • Neck Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Whiplash Cases
  • IT Band Treatment
  • Running Injuries
  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Rotator Cuff Injuries
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (wrist pain)
  • Plantar Fasciitis (foot pain)
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Car Accident Related Pain 


  • Faster rehabilitation recovery
  • Resolving chronic conditions thought to be permanent
  • Reducing the need for anti-inflammatory medication
  • Reducing overall treatment time
  • Continuing to engage in everyday activities 

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