A Beginner's Guide to Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Manipulation

June 26, 2019
Ryan Barichello

Instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization is a specialized myofascial release and massage technique used during massage therapy and physical therapy treatments. 


Many massage therapists use tools in their massage sessions. Instrument-assisted soft tissue manipulation is rapidly becoming a popular tool and something for massage therapists to look into for use in their practices.


It is a relatively newer treatment that involves using metal or plastic tools to improve soft tissue mobility in your body. These ergonomically shaped tools help your massage and mobilize your muscles, fascia (the collagen covering your muscles), and tendons. This is thought to reduce pain and improve movement.


There are many questions to ask yourself when purchasing and using this kind of tool in your practice. 


  • How does the tool feel to you and the client you are working with? 
  • How does it fit into your practice and the type of massage you do? 
  • The price of the tool and how much you want to use the tool in your work should also be considered.


Talking to people who utilize tools in their practice and have similar backgrounds and work is a great way to learn various ways to use tools and options in patient care.


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