Although this treatment involves massaging the tool into your skin with pressure, the benefits you get from treatment are actually more physiological than structural.
Two studies both found that IASTM increased shoulder range of motion (Laudner, 2014; Cheattham, 2016). Although Cheattham (2016) did find through extensive research with many papers that many of the claimed benefits of IASTM are not completly true.
Ghelson (1997) found that IASTM, similar to friction massage, improved fibroblast production. This proliferation of fibroblast is an important part of healing.Baker (2015) used IASTM with movement therapy to treat chronic hamstring tightness and fully succeeded. Baylis (2011) used IASTM to treat postnatal calf pain and also had a complete resolution. Both of these studies also showed maintained results after follow-ups multiple months after the study.
An obvious advantage of IASTM if you are looking for pain relief is that it is a non-invasive and non-pharmaceutical treatment option.
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