PEDIATRIC INSTRUMENT-ASSISTED SOFT TISSUE MOBILISATION:
PIASTM is used to help children with cerebral palsy and other muscle conditions gain improved range of motion, flexibility, and muscle activation. It is taught and practiced by pediatric physiotherapists, occupational therapists, and exercise physiologists. It was originally invented for Adults and was then adapted for pediatrics use by Kanu Kaushik, a pediatric physiotherapist from INDIA.
PIASTM is a procedure which mechanically stimulates soft tissue structures, to relieve musculoskeletal pain and discomfort, to improve overall mobility and function. It is widely used for kids with:
1. cerebral palsy that has developed spastic and muscle contractures.
2. children with autism who have tactile dysfunction
3. Sports injuries in kids
4. Toe walking
6. Posture issue and scoliosis
PIASTM describes the use of a range of ergonomically designed tools to enable clinicians to detect and treat soft tissue pain, injury and dysfunction. (cheatham et 2016)