IASTM Technique

What is IASTM (Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization)?


Another method Dr. Seitzinger may use if indicated is IASTM Technique. It is an innovative form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization that enables Dr. Seitzinger to effectively break down scar tissue and fascial restrictions (see below for a description of fascia).

The technique uses uniquely designed instruments to specifically detect areas exhibiting soft tissue adhesions and/or chronic inflammation. Once these areas are identified, the tools are then used to flush out inflammation and/or break down the scar tissue and fascial restrictions stimulating the healing response and allowing for a faster and more functional recovery. Dr. Seitzinger will locate fibrotic tissue via feedback from the tools and use the same tool to treat the dysfunctional tissue.

These tool enhance the ability to detect fascial adhesions and restrictions, have been clinically proven to achieve quicker and better outcomes in treating both acute and chronic conditions, including:

  • Cervical sprain/strain (neck pain)
  • Lumbar sprain/strain (back pain)
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (wrist pain)
  • Plantar Fasciitis (foot pain)
  • Lateral Epicondylitis (tennis elbow)
  • Medial Epicondylitis (golfer’s elbow)
  • Rotator Cuff Tendinosis (shoulder pain)
  • Patellofemoral Disorders (knee pain)
  • Achilles Tendinosis (ankle pain)
  • Scar Tissue
  • Shin Splints
  • Trigger Finger

IASTM may help to:

  • Decrease overall time of treatment
  • Decrease overall time of treatment
  • Foster faster rehabilitation/recovery
  • Reduce need for anti-inflammatory medication
  • Resolve chronic conditions thought to be permanent


IASTM Technique is often used for post-surgical improvement. Practitioners have successfully implemented IASTM Technique for many post-surgical complications. All surgeries create scarring and tissue dysfunction. Using IASTM Technique to treat these dysfunctional soft tissues can help return them closer to a pre-surgical state. Some of such surgeries which leave a considerable amount of scar tissues include.

  • Mastectomy (Single or Double)
  • Cesarian Section
  • Carpal Tunnel Surgery
  • Lumbar Discectomy
  • MCL/Meniscus Surgery
  • ACL Reconstruction (especially via Autograph)

Dr. Lars Seitzinger at Pro Motion Clinic is one of the top health professionals that offer this technique in Kelowna.

Interested in finding out more about IASTM Technique? Contact Pro Motion Clinic and speak to one of doctors.

What is Fascia?

Fascia is a layer of fibrous, connective tissue that surrounds individual and groups of muscles, blood vessels, nerves, and other structures.  It binds some structures together, while permitting others to slide smoothly over each other.  Various types of fascia have been classified according to their distinct layers, their functions and their anatomical location:

  • superficial fascia: found below the skin and above the muscles
  • deep (or muscle) fascia: dense fibrous connective tissue that interpenetrates and surrounds the muscles, bones, nerves and blood vessels of the body
  • visceral (or parietal) fascia: suspends the organs, wrapping them in layers of membranes

Fascia is dense regular connective tissue containing tight bundles of collagen fibers oriented in wavy patterns parallel to the direction of pull, making it a flexible structure.  It is able to resist great unidirectional tension forces until the pattern has been straightened out by the pulling forces. These collagen fibers are produced by cells called fibroblasts located within the fascia, capable of producing contraction of a previously believed ‘non-contractile’ tissue.

Function of Fascia

Fascia transmits mechanical tension generated by muscular activities or external forces throughout the body.  Some research suggest that fascia may contract independently, actively influencing muscle dynamics.  The function of muscle fasciae is to reduce friction to minimize the reduction of muscular force. In doing so, fasciae:

  • Provides a sliding and gliding environment for muscles
  • Suspend organs in their proper place
  • Transmits movement from muscles to bones
  • Provides a supportive and movable wrapping for nerves and blood vessels as they pass through and between muscles

Come see Dr. Lars P. Seitzinger to determine if this treatment is right for you!