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lifetime-guarantee-iastm-toolsIASTM tools are a perfect fit when you provide a lot of soft tissue massage and are looking for a tool to spare your hands. Each tool is ergonomically designed to provide maximum comfort and grip during use, reducing the risk of hand fatigue or injury. Check out our 5 tips for choosing the right tool here if you want to know more.

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How does IASTM therapy work?

Several therapists are using the IASTM technique, but how does it work? The IASTM tools can be used on several parts of the body. The tools are used as follows: the therapist applies pressure to the tool and glides across the skin to reach the soft tissue. The IASTM tools are producing microtrauma to the affected tissue. This microtrauma will stimulate a local inflammatory process. As a result, it initiates reabsorption of unhealthy tissue and promotes tissue remodeling and healthy tissue production. IASTM stands for "instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization". It is a manual technique used to treat inflammation and discomfort, with the goal of reducing pain and restoring movement by affecting muscle tone and collagen synthesis. Our IASTM tools are crafted from surgical-grade stainless steel, allowing for precise detection of specific areas of stress and adhesions. Unlike other tools on the market, our stainless steel IASTM tool is designed to detect individual adhesions and tensions with unparalleled accuracy. Its resonance and ergonomic design ensure a comfortable grip and maximum effectiveness. We are confident in the quality of our products and offer a 30-day return policy for customer satisfaction. Additionally, all of our IASTM tools come with a lifetime guarantee, further demonstrating our commitment to providing exceptional tools for soft tissue therapy.

When to use IASTM tools

There are several conditions which would benefit from this soft tissue massage. Some examples of conditions are shown in the list below:
  • Cervical sprain/strain
  • Lumbar sprain/strain
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Lateral Epicondylitis
  • Medial Epicondylitis
  • Rotator Cuff Tendinitis
  • Patellofemoral Disorders
  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Scar Tissue
  • Trigger Finger
  • Shin Splints
The use of IASTM tools contributes to a flexibe and well-maintained, healthy fascial network. It improves (soft) tissue perfusion, range of motion and mobilises the soft tissue. This ensures that potential adhesions in the connective tissue can be loosened. Trigger points can also be treated with a massage with IASTM tools.

What are the benefits of soft tissue mobilisation?

First, we have the benefits of IASTM therapy for the physiotherapists. Many therapists use their fingers to apply pressure to the tissue. As a result, many therapists are struggling with common problems like wear and overload. With IASTM therapy these problems can be prevented. Besides the benefits for physiotherapists there are also several benefits for the clients.
  • The therapy can reduce the overall time of treatment
  • It allows a faster recovery of rehabilitation
  • It reduces the need for anti-inflammatory medication
  • It can resolve chronic conditions
  • Clients can continue to engage in everyday activities

Which IASTM tool to choose?

The FASCIQ® IASTM Tools ("Instrument-Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization Tools" or in short "Instrument Assisted Massage Tools") consist of a number of separate tools that look different with various finished sides. In addition to separate instruments, FASCIQ® also offers two complete IASTM toolsets with various shaped tools. All IASTM Tools are packed in a sturdy, beautiful storage bag. Usually, each tool has multiple shapes and finished edges to increase its employability. The smaller tools are generally used for the treatment of smaller parts of the body, smaller strokes and reaching superficial tissue structures. The larger and heavier tools are used to reach deeper and are suitable for the treatment of larger parts of the body. These IASTM tools help prevent joint wear and strains complaints among therapists.

The Artist

This is one of our bestsellers! A robust IASTM tool with a straight finish at the bottom and an inward-faced flat edge at the top. Ideal for scanning tissue. This tool has different shapes, such as a concave side, a convex side and jagged corners. This makes it widely applicable.

The Wave Tool

Our newest addition to the family! We specially developed it in cooperation with Dr. Robert Schleip, director of the fascia institute in Munich. He knows what he is talking about! Our tool reflects that.

The Mustache

Another tool that is great for general use. The mustache is wide applicable and light to hold.It has a flat finish on the bottom. The top has both round and upwardly slanted edges. There is also a pointed side of the tool that allows you to reach deeper fascial layers. Using an IASTM tool is very personal and depends on the type of massage you have and the parts of the body to be massaged. Therefore, look especially for a tool that should be an extension of your hand. There is one for everyone! Can't choose? We have two handy tool sets that contain several of our tools. Handy to take with you on the road! Because the tools are made of high-quality surgical steel, they will quickly adapt to your body temperature. So the massage is not only pleasant for the massaged, but also for you as a masseur.

Provide the best deep tissue massage with IASTM tools

Get into places that your fingers cannot: between hamstrings or lifting the scapula. With IASTM tools, you can take your massage to the next level- using tools that are designed specifically for this purpose. Avoid any risk of strain on your hands by using our soft tissue mobilization tools. With our IASTM tools, you can keep your hands healthy and are able to do the tasks you love without any fear of injury.

FASCIQ® - Recommended by Dr. Robert Schleip

“We are delighted to include FASCIQ® as one of our partners. Not only do we share a common purpose – supporting medical health professionals achieve their aspirations – we know how fundamental education and a well applied fascia treatment concept, which is based on well conducted scientific research, can improve clients’ well beings on a global level.”

- Dr. Robert Schleip

Fascia Research Group, Munich, Germany


The FASCIQ tools are made of AISI 304 (1.4301) high-quality surgical stainless steel. This material is widely used among physiotherapists because of its resonance capability. With this ability, as a practitioner, you can feel the underlying tissues vibrating through the tool.

Fascia tools, also called IASTM tools, are used by physical therapists applying an IASTM technique. This treatment with fascia tools focuses on moving the layers of tissue in relation to each other. This will result in a rapid increase in the range of motion and also contributes to a reduction of tension.

By choosing from a variety of sizes, it is possible to vary the size of the treatment surface. Also, the shape of the tool determines how the forces you apply to it as a practitioner are distributed across the skin. It is important during a treatment that the tool lies comfortably in the hand. That way, as a practitioner, you can apply pressure to it without any problems.

The recommended and also widely used intermediate for IASTM is wax. This is because the composition of the wax provides both grip and glide, two essential aspects for during a fascia treatment. Thanks to the wax, mobilization, differentiation and extension can take place without any problems during the treatment.

An IASTM treatment can be painful. However, this depends on the chosen form and also varies from person to person. In general, the pain is experienced as relieving and sometimes even as pleasant. It is also true that immediately after treatment an improvement is often visible in the flexibility and in the reduction of the pain experienced during the treatment.

Yes, it is indeed possible. But to apply the tools yourself, a good explanation is essential. You can watch the videos on our website to see how to apply the fascia tools. You can find the application videos on the product pages.

Scar tissue can certainly be influenced by IASTM. This is because an injury repairs itself by creating new tissue; scar tissue. This new tissue has a different structure than the old tissue. Thus, it has an irregular pattern and very little functional strength. The result of this often indicates fascial movement limitations and pain. However, IASTM techniques can be used to ensure that the scar tissue glides better in relation to the surrounding tissue. By applying the correct stretching and movement after the treatment, the body will restore the function and structure of the tissue.

As is the case with virtually every form of treatment, there are contraindications to IASTM.

Absolute forms of contraindications are:

  • Thrombosis
  • Fractures
  • Tumors present in the treatment region
  • Use of blood thinners

Relative forms of contraindications are:

  • Open wounds and/or skin lesions
  • Fever
  • Pregnancy
  • Hypertension or hypotensive
  • Varicose veins
  • Mental stress

Fascia refers to the connective tissue membranes that surround the muscles, joints, organs and bones. All the connective tissue membranes together form a network throughout the body, it is the connection between different structures. But in addition, fascia also allows nerves and muscles to move smoothly and without friction from each other. So that the fascia leads to pain in poor conditions is not very surprising. Many nerve endings are located in the fascia. Adhesions can also cause limb mobility to be limited. With the specific treatment technique called IASTM, the fascia can be improved.

Our IASTM tools can be used in a variety of ways. We recommend you watch our YouTube channel FASCIQ. It explains the use of all our IASTM tools. Want more information or learn it in real-life? We also run physical courses in the UK from time to time. To do so, keep an eye on our IASTM course page for new dates or sign up for our newsletter! Then we’ll keep you informed as soon as we run a new course.

The aim is to remove all visible organic matter. This could be massage oil, sweat, hair, or whatever you can see on the tool. Next, rinse all soap off the tool so that the disinfectant is not impeded in any way. Afterwards, let the tool dry.

An important final step is to disinfect the tool. We recommend using 7.5% hydrogen peroxide (H2O2). This is the most eco-friendly of the chemical disinfectants, although it is still harsh. Make sure you wear gloves and if you tend to splash, eye protection. Tools should sit in the H2O2 for 30 minutes. This is called contact time, and if you are using another high-level disinfectant, consult the label for the correct contact time.

We do not recommend using other agents such as alcohol, bleach, cavicide and barbicide.

Cleaning the tool is very important. The only reason to use the tool again without thorough disinfection is when the tool is used on the same person.

Learning the technique of IASTM and buying the right instrument for you are two different things. A new IASTM instrument is similar to a new car – you have to do your research first! To determine which instrument is right for you, you need to “try out” the instruments according to your treatment approach, your hand size, and your budget. Practicality, affordability, and effectiveness are essential. In general, there are a number of all-in-one tools suitable for general applications. Above, we have explained them. Would you like to know more or need specific advice? Then call our customer service team! Our qualified staff will be happy to provide you with personal advice.

There are IASTM tools on the market that are only available to qualified professionals. Our IASTM tools are available to everyone! We believe it is important for everyone to learn about the benefits of IASTM tools. We also give courses with some regularity. After all, you have to get to know a product before you can use it, right? If you like it, you can take a course to become officially trained in it.