There are a lot of great tools out there and a lot of great certifications, this one just happens to be my preference. Working through an athlete's myofascial restrictions can sometimes take a lot of pressure through the clinicians hands and joints. I would consider myself a fairly strong guy but many times what I was able to do for an athlete was more limited by my joint pain than the athlete. With IASTM tools, this has greatly enhanced the therapeutic effect that I can provide. Typical protocol is using the IASTM tools while providing the area with a stretch. IT band is a perfect example where I will place them in a lengthened position and perform my IASTM. I may even include some gentle contract relax with this.
Pneumatic Compression: There are a lot of folks out there that have not experienced this yet. Some may know Game Ready which is a device that provides pneumatic compression along with ice. We use these devices a lot in sports medicine and especially with our athlete that are recovering from an injury. For the athlete who is experiencing swelling or is post op, this is the kind of device I will default to.
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