ASTYM vs. IASTM (Graston®, Sastm, etc.): How They Are Different
There is a SIGNIFICANT difference between Astym treatment and Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) techniques, such as Graston®, Sastm and other tooled friction massage.
Although Astym treatment evolved from research on manual therapies, including friction massage, it is VERY different than friction massage, and tooled friction massage. Tooled friction massage is often referred to as Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization or IASTM, and is also referred to by the brand of IASTM, such as Graston® Technique or Sastm. IASTM works simply on a MECHANICAL level, attempting to break down unhealthy tissue, and in the process, these approaches can ADVERSLY affect healthy tissue.
Rather than trying to mechanically break down tissue as IASTM does, Astym treatment focuses on ACTIVATING an underlying physiological response leading to the regeneration of soft tissues.
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Astym vs Iastm Difference There is a significant difference between Astym treatment and instrume…