IASTM is a type of soft tissue therapy for muscles, tendons and ligaments that can be a fantastic adjunct to joint manipulation. It is the use of what looks like a stainless steel spoon which is run back and forth over areas of movement restriction. This helps to increase movement and blood flow in that area and, therefore, improves the mechanics of that area.
Similar to acupuncture, it induces a local healing response and is a fantastic adjunct to chiropractic care. It is used extensively in elite sports and is great for extremity problems such as knee and shoulder pain.