The procedure uses instruments to mechanically stimulate soft tissue structures to relieve musculoskeletal pain and discomfort and improve overall mobility and function. In other words, IASTM is a common term that describes the use of a range of ergonomically designed tools to enable clinicians to detect and treat soft tissue pain, injury, and dysfunction.
arco is a complete system of instrument assisted soft tissue mobilisation, or IASTM for short, and is a combination of fascial and neuro-muscular release techniques using the arco tool.
The arco has been designed so that it is not only effective but also comfortable to use by an experienced practitioner and by patients. The arco boasts 6 fascial release edges and 2 Ischaemic /neuro-muscular release edges to treat patients effectively.
The arco is investment cast in 316 surgical grade stainless steel and hand finished to a high polish. It is robust and gives the practitioner the desired ‘feel’ that is needed from assessment to treatment.
Edges 1 & 2 – The large convex and concave edges are designed to have the optimum radius to deal with soft tissue release on any size client.
Edge 3 – The rounded tip is designed to be used as an ischaemic compression device in order to change the focus to neuro-muscular release.
Edge 4 – The flattened edge on the rounded side can be used for local friction work on scars and adhesions.
Edges 5 – The small flat edge is designed to enable the practitioner to work on small areas such as the hands and feet as well as small structures around joints.
Edge 6 – The hook allows the practitioner to completely scale down their treatment and work into the smallest & hardest to reach areas with minimum effort & greatest accuracy.
Edge 7 – The end of the hook edge has a small rounded tip which again allows the practitioner to get in and treat hard to reach areas
Edge 8 – The finger grips are ideal for tendon areas like the patella and Achilles. This edge can also be used on other muscles such as the sternocleidomastoid
Jimmy Michael is a specialist musculoskeletal Osteopath who holds BSC (Hons) Sports and Exercise Science and Osteopathy. As a senior lecturer with OMT training he runs courses for such organisations as the NHS, Liverpool FC, Manchester City FC and Crystal Palace FC. He also lecturers internationally on various topics such as Osteopathic Articulation, Spinal and Peripheral joint manipulation, Medical Acupuncture and advanced soft tissue techniques.
BSc (Hons) Sports & Exercise Science, BSc (Hons) Osteopathy, BTEC Dip. Sports & Remedial Massage, Dip. Medical Acupuncture
Giles Gyer is a specialist musculoskeletal Osteopath, and a senior lecturer with OMT training. Giles lectures for a variety of professional sports teams and manual therapists worldwide in a variety of manual therapy techniques. He covers topics such as; Osteopathic Articulation, Osteopathic Spinal and Peripheral Manipulation as well as advanced soft tissue techniques as well as medical acupuncture/dry needling. He is internationally published in the topics of medical acupuncture/dry needling and Osteopathic Articulation techniques. BSc (Hons) Osteopathy, Dip. Medical Acupuncture, Dip. Sports & Remedial Massage
BSc (Hons) Osteopathy, Dip. Medical Acupuncture, Dip. Sports & Remedial Massage