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Instrument-Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization
in Virginia Beach

Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Techniques refers to the use of tools with beveled edges on muscles, fascia, and other connective tissues.


  • joint pain
  • tendonitis
  • muscle strains
  • joint sprains
  • chronic “knots” in the muscles
  • plantar fasciitis
  • tight IT band
  • impingement syndromes


  • reduced pain and stiffness
  • improved range of motion
  • better biomechanics
  • more efficient movement patterns
  • less compensation along the kinetic chain
  • faster recovery from workouts/competition
  • improved core strength
  • better balance and flexibility
  • reduced risk of injury

What Is IASTM?

Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) Techniques are a group of techniques designed to treat muscles and a specific type of connective tissue called fascia.  Common names for these techniques include FAKTR, ConnectX, Graston, and Gua Sha, among others. Regardless of the name, all these non-invasive IASTM Techniques have the same goal: to mobilize the soft tissues to improve motion, restore function, and decrease pain.

This is accomplished by utilizing specialized tools to identify and treat fascial restrictions, or localized areas where the muscles and connective tissues lack proper mobility and impair normal physical performance through the kinetic chain. The doctor applies a back and forth motion with the tool over the affected area, often while the patient positions the muscle in a stretched position or performs a particular movement pattern.

The intent of these techniques is to reduce fascial adhesions, or areas where the connect tissues are not gliding over each other the way they are supposed to. These adhesions, which result from acute injuries and/or repetitive motions and posture, can limit flexibility and joint movement, and subsequently negatively impact performance. Using these tools and techniques to break up the adhesions allows for proper movement with less strain on the body.

Fascial restrictions can result from physical trauma, repetitive stress and overuse, muscle strains or tears, immobilization, and surgical incisions, or other mechanisms.  Common conditions treated by IASTM include tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, IT band syndrome, rotator cuff issues, frozen shoulder, shin splints, back pain, neck pain, scar tissue, pulled muscles, trigger finger, and more.

Body Logic is one of the only places in Virginia Beach that has doctors with certifications in these techniques.


IASTT Virginia Beach, Sandbridge, Red Mill VA | (757) 427-0355