Instrument Assisted Release
Instrument Assisted Release (IAR) is a manual therapy technique that uses specialized instruments to identify and treat soft tissue restrictions, scar tissue, and adhesions in the body. These instruments, which are usually made of stainless steel or plastic, are designed to detect and break up areas of fibrosis, adhesions, or scar tissue that can be contributing to pain, inflammation, or decreased range of motion.
During an IAR session, the therapist uses the instrument to apply pressure and friction to the affected area. The therapist will use different types of strokes and angles to release restrictions, scar tissue, and adhesions in the soft tissues. The instrument provides a more targeted and precise approach than manual therapy techniques like massage or stretching.
IAR is commonly used to treat a variety of musculoskeletal conditions, such as chronic pain, joint stiffness, and post-surgical scarring. It can also be used to improve athletic performance and prevent injuries. Additionally, IAR is often used in conjunction with other manual therapy techniques to achieve optimal outcomes.