Our team of specialists uses instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM). This is a manual form of physical therapy. Our physical therapists use special metal or plastic tools to gently scrape and move the skin to reduce pain and inflammation and promote healing.

IASTM is likely to be beneficial for you if you are living with a chronic or painful condition. We can help you learn more about this technique by scheduling an appointment with one of our physical therapists.

How can I find out if IASTM is right for me?

It is possible that you are wondering if IASTM might be right for your needs. IASTM can treat a wide range of conditions, including:

  • Pain in the back
  • Neck pain
  • Hip pain
  • Achilles tendonitis/Heel pain
  • Myofascial pain, restrictions
  • Muscle imbalances
  • Rotator cuff tendonitis
  • Patellar tendonitis
  • Muscle strains
  • Ligament sprains
  • Shin splints
  • Chronic joint swelling due to sprains/strains
  • Bursitis
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Tennis elbow and golfer’s elbow
  • Scarring from post-surgical or traumatic procedures
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Trigger finger
  • IT band syndrome

What can I expect from IASTM in Lima?

It may seem strange to ask, “Why is it necessary to use tools in physical therapy?” Although manual therapy is done with the hands, there are many benefits to using instruments. These instruments can be used to effectively remove scar tissue and connective tissue restrictions. These instruments can also be used to aid physical therapists in finding and treating affected areas more accurately.

An IASTM-trained physical therapy therapist can use a variety of pressures and speeds to perform this particular technique. It will depend on your specific condition and needs. These pressures and speeds are used to either stimulate a contraction (also called turning a muscle on) or to inhibit it (also known as turning a muscle off).

A mild inflammatory response occurs when you apply pressure via IASTM to the affected muscles, ligaments, or tendons. Although it may seem counterintuitive at first, inflammation is a natural part of the body’s healing process. This allows you to recover faster and get back to your normal life.

It also helps to break down any adhesions and scars that may have developed due to an operation, repetitive injury or immobilization. IASTM helps to break down these scars, allowing functional restoration to take place.

IASTM has been shown to be helpful with:

  • Moving with pain
  • Problems with muscle recruitment
  • Limited motion
  • Problems with motor control

How do I get started with IASTM in Lima?

Are you experiencing any of the above symptoms? Do you feel pain? Do you find it difficult to do your daily tasks? IASTM might be right for you.

Call our office to make an appointment. One of our physical therapists will help you determine the best treatment plan. Do not suffer from life! Get physical therapy today!

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Cece B

“They all have been very helpful.  The therapy has been very good for me, not easy but what is needed.  They emailed all the copies of what I needed to continue to do at home at the conclusion of my therapy plus he emailed to a trainer where I work out to help my therapy continue there.  This therapy will be a lifestyle change to help me continue to live a good active life.” 

Tiffany T

“I’ve been seeing Dr. Cameron for a few months now and he and his staff are absolutely wonderful. I’ve never been to a physical therapist before so I didn’t know what to expect when I was instructed to seek one out for treatment for my PTTD, but I was pleasantly surprised by my experience at Back on Track. Dr. Cameron and his staff are very friendly and attentive, I always feel comfortable talking about my concerns and progress because I know I’m actually being listened to. He’s very knowledgeable and customizes your therapy plan according to your needs and abilities. He is also non-judgmental and sees you as an entire person, not just your body type/weight. As a plus size person I sometimes struggle to find doctors/medical professionals who take me seriously and see beyond my weight, so I was anxious about seeing a physical therapist. Dr. Cameron does acknowledge my weight is unhealthy and I should strive towards weight loss, however, I’ve never once felt judged or looked down upon because of my weight from either Dr. Cameron or his staff. Tl;dr I highly recommend Dr. Cameron and Back on Track, I’ve had nothing but positive interactions at all my appointments.”