Instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM) is a skilled myofascial intervention used for soft-tissue treatment.
The effects we observe when applying IASTM is also a result of the stimulation of the patient's nervous system. Slow stroking of the area inhibits the Gamma motor system, producing a reduction in muscle tone, and the stimulation of the mechanoreceptors produces a reflex response that area overall muscle tone leading to a whole body and local area relaxation.


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