I'm not one to subscribe to a lot of toys or gadgets to provide treatment and help my clients reach their goals but I do get excited when I find one that works and works really well. Thanks to fellow physical therapist, Erson Religioso, I now have in my possession an excellent new tool, The Edge, that makes my job easier and more effective which is great news for my clients. It may not look like much (or it may frighten some people) but it is an excellent all around tool for Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM).
As much as I enjoy using my hands, there are times when a tool or instrument can really be a huge advantage and difference maker. There are also some tissues in the body that fingers and hands simply cannot have as much of an impact on like metal or other hard objects can. Since The Edge is a 'Jack of all trades' with its variety of edges, it can be implemented in many ways depending on the specific needs of each client and situation. That means having the ability to match the appropriate edge for treatment and truly target the particular issue at hand. The beauty of it is just like many soft tissue techniques, it can be utilized for both prevention and/or treatment for injuries. Admittedly, it saves my hands for other treatments and techniques as well.
With its versatility, The Edge can be used for a wide range of issues like tendonitis/tendinosis, muscle strains, trigger points, etc. It can be used for acute or chronic scar tissue formation especially following surgical procedures so that movement and mobility can be restored. Persistent or chronic muscle tightness (think calf and upper trapezius) tends to respond quite well to IASTM. Any type of restriction in connective tissue like the plantar fascia, iliotibibial band, and joint retinaculums are also prime candidates for tools like The Edge. As you can see, there are many applications for IASTM as it can be the perfect adjunct to other techniques and treatments to help you move better, feel better and live better. Sometimes it can the missing piece to help you get over the final hurdle that has been a challenge to get over otherwise.
If you have any soft tissue issues or just want to stay ahead of the game with preventative treatment, don't miss out on this opportunity. It really can be a game changer!
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The contents of this blog is meant for educational purposes only. Momentum Physical Therapy of New Paltz and Dr. Greg Cecere are not responsible for any harm or injury that may occur due to any information on this blog as it is by no means a substitute for a thorough evaluation by a medical professional.