When we sat down to design these tools it was clear that there were three very important areas to consider in order to manufacture a top quality IASTM instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization tool..
We produce our tools from surgical grade Stainless Steel because it gives you much better feedback than most of the other materials available. This is invaluable, particularly if you are searching for scar tissue and adhesions not just superficially, but deeper within the tissues.
The grade we use is 316 which is a grade commonly used for marine applications and often also used for medical implants. This ensures that our tools will not corrode or tarnish over time, or be affected by any cleaning chemicals you may use.
This is the area that has the most influence on feedback to the therapist. Each of the three tool edges have their own distinct advantages and each give a very different feel..
This edge gives you by far the best feedback & versatility & also enables therapists to treat the tissues in both directions very easily without having to change hands. When we first started making tools, we found that when we swept the bevels even further back up the tool faces, this led to practitioners reporting a greater feedback from the tool. This is due to there being less edge contact point on the skin and is why we have to spend so long on the finishing of our tool edges to ensure they remain perfectly round after polishing. If we didn't do this, the edges would end up a lot sharper (almost pointy like the pointy end of an egg) & this would lead to client discomfort when using the tools. When we state 'carefully hand crafted' this is where the majority of the time is spent.
Although not quite as versatile as the double bevel, the single bevel still gives very good feedback. We only have 1 small edge (forehead of the Dolphin) which is
single beveled, but most therapists feedback to us that this edge is invaluable to them.
This picture shows the Dolphin with the single bevel at the very top & the edge on the left of the pic (back & shoulders) has no bevel. The right hand side (belly) & the rest of the Dolphin is double beveled all the way around.
(see pic above) IAM tools Dolphin
You still get some feedback from the tissues when using this edge, although it is slightly reduced. However, it does make the edges very versatile and feel
much softer. This enables you to use a little more pressure with the tools without causing discomfort for your clients.
The back & shoulder edge of our Dolphin has no bevels.
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