(Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilisation)
These may look torturous, but they're quite the contrary!
The purpose behind IASTM is multi-factorial. The techniques are designed to produce a healing response from the body to the affected area. This is accomplished through breakdown of the capillary beds inducing nutrition to the tissues of the injured area. A secondary effect occurs at the site of scar tissue formation. Scar tissue is the body's way of healing injured tissue. However, scar tissue is not as pliable, or contractile as normal tissue. Under a microscope, scar tissue appears as a plate of cooked spaghetti, whereas normal tissue appears as a box of uncooked spaghetti. With the pressure of the tools, mechanical changes at a cellular level can and do occur in order to normalise scar tissue as much as possible.
I may use IASTM throughout your Soft Tissue Treatment if I feel they will benefit your mobility or pain.