Therapists use variety of tools such as blades, mallets, etc. to further the concept of movement therapy and performance enhancement via Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization. The tools used vary from from wooden, plastic to metal and techniques from almost tactile experience to hard core pain, but the results are superior.
The benefits of IASTM are mostly at the cellular level. They include: increased fibroblast proliferation, reduction in scar tissue, increased vascular response, and the remodeling of unorganized collagen fiber matrix following IASTM application. IASTM delivers rapid stimulation and resulting repair, regeneration and maintenance of soft tissue takes place.