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IASTM for Scar Tissue


#1

Mark asks:

My name is Mark and am a DPT, CSCS. I wanted an opinion from a T-Nation therapist about IASTM (Graston or ASTYM) and its ability to break up scar tissue. I know foam rolling and other myofascial release techniques won’t break up scar tissue, but other therapists in my field are convinced a tool assisted STM will do the trick. I’m not convinced. Please respond, I would really love to know others opinions or facts.


#2

There’s really no debate here. Science is EXTREMELY clear. Anecdotal study is EXTREMELY clear. There is little to ZERO mechanical breakdown of scar tissue formation with IASTM it is 99.9% neurological reduction of relative muscular tone.


#3

Additional info: https://www.t-nation.com/training/the-absolute-best-and-worst-therapy-methods