Everything you want to know about myofascial therapy and IASTM.
Myofascial Therapy and IASTM Therapy FAQs and Answers
What happens during a myofascial therapy or IASTM therapy session?
You are clothed as much as possible during your myofascial release treatment. Your provider will ask you to lie on your stomach or back on a therapy table. Depending on the area being treated, you may be asked to sit upright, offered a gown, or be in a private therapy room for the treatment.
Your provider may apply a gel or lotion to the area being treated. This helps the reduce the discomfort on the skin. The therapist will then make continuous scraping motions with the stainless steel gua sha tool to breakup scar tissue. The tool is NOT sharp and does not create a scrape or open wound on the skin. Light bruising is common and should go away within a few days.
For most patients, a myofascial release (IASTM) treatment is 15 minutes.
How much is a myofascial Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue therapy treatment?
Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) is considered manual therapy at Loehr Health Center. The cost of the service by itself is $50 per 15 minute session.
Most patients with IASTM as part of their treatment plan do not have more than a fifteen minute IASTM session. The length of the session is based on the patient’s specific injury and treatment goals. Your provider may recommend combining IASTM with other treatment modalities such as chiropractic, kinesio tape, and suggest at home exercises.
Does myofascial release hurt?
Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) and myofascial release therapy works by intentionally creating micro-traumas to cause acute inflammation and promote healing. It is not generally described as a comfortable therapy.
You should tell your provider immediately if the treatment crosses the line from uncomfortable to painful—especially if it is intense. Some of the motions your IASTM provider may ask you to do might cause temporary muscle discomfort. You may be sore after a treatment session similarly to after completing a strength training exercise. If the treatment is too intense for your comfort level, your provider may recommend a different form of therapy.
Any pain or discomfort greater than soreness after an IASTM treatment is rare and your provider should be notified.
Are IASTM or myofascial release services covered by insurance?
IASTM is a manual therapy not covered by insurance.
A health savings account (HSA) may be used to pay for lab fees if they are part of medical care, according to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). A patient may also submit a claim to their insurance company for potential partial or full reimbursement of lab work.
We accept Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) and Flexible Savings Accounts (FSAs) to pre-pay these services in advance. We will provide you with all of the required receipts to submit these services. Please note that most HSAs and FSAs will allow you to pre-pay for these services in advance. However, it is the account holder’s responsibility to determine the limitations with their contact person who holds these specific guidelines.
For many other services at our office, we are in-network with various insurance companies. We will run your insurance benefits prior to your first appointment so that you know what is covered before receiving treatment.
How many myofascial release treatments are required to resolve my condition?
Every patient is different. On average, ART patients at Loehr Health Center see results between XXX to XXX visits. Some patients may be asked to complete “homework” like at-home exercises between IASTM sessions and take an active role in their recovery. More severe cases may require more sessions before patients experience greater relief.
What is your cancellation policy?
Loehr Health Center is committed to providing all of our patients with exceptional care. When a patient cancels without giving enough notice, they prevent another patient from being seen. Please call us at 417-887-8075, 24 hours prior to your scheduled appointment to notify us of any changes or cancellations. If prior notification is not given, you will be charged for the missed appointment.