Instruments are used to enhance our ability to detect fascial adhesions and restrictions. The instruments also effectively break down scar tissue and fascial restrictions.

Scar tissue is often an underlying component to injuries, whether the injury is acute, chronic, traumatic, or related to overuse.

Fascia is a thin layer of tissue surrounding muscles, bones, and nerves. Several problems result if this tissue becomes restricted. For example, two muscles that should slide independently from one another could stick together. Not only will these two muscles have to work harder, but surrounding muscles will also have to compensate. This results in a complex injury originating from one simple fascial restriction.

Breaking down scar tissue and fascial restrictions is often a necessary step to fixing an injury. Instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization techniques have proven to be beneficial.