EDGE IASTM Tool Review
IASTM Edge Mobility Tool and It's Knock-Offs
The EDGE ToolYou've probably heard of the EDGE iastm tool designed by Erson Religioso PT.
Refer to this video if you are not familiar with the tool.
- The EDGE for Тооl Assisted Soft Tissue Manipulation - ✅ true
- Can be used anywhere because of the shape. - ✅ true
- Easy to hold handle - fits all hands! - ✔ maybe, partly. Probably, if you are a lady with smaller hands you'll find this tool a slightly big.
- Smooth out the most restricted areas. - ✅ true because of the nature of IASTM
- Sharper side for superficial work more dull side for deeper progressions. - ✅ true
- Different EDGES for force progressions and body/bony contours. - ✅ true
With all of these nice features, it should come as no surprise that a cheaper knock-off tools are available for sale on Amazon. And despite this marketplace is famous for its intolerance to property rights infringements, it's not that easy for an inventor to claim the rights if they are not properly protected. And even if they are, the 3-rd party manufacturer will come up out of nowhere with a slight modification just to prove the futility of your efforts.
Luckily, the original Edge Tool beats the knock-offs with it's unique features which other manufacturers failed to reproduce.
The EDGE tool vs Generic edge-like knock-off
|weight||200 grams||122 grams|
|ease of hold||✅||❌|
|multifaceted treatment edge||✅||❌|
|brushed matte finish||✅||❌|
|suitable for professional use||✅||❌|
Let's dive deeper into the details.
Weight of the toolsThe weight of the IASTM instrument does much of the work.
A lighter tool requires more pressure and a stronger grip than you need when you use heavier instruments.
On the other hand, a good balance should be maintained not to turn the tool into the heavy device causing a therapist to feel as if he toils.
The weight of the original Edge tool is 200 grams and the knockoff which was compared to weighed just 122 grams.
Ease of HoldThe wider Edge Tool's holding area makes it possible to hold the tool firm and steady.
Multifaceted edges for versatile workA sharper edge on one side for lighter scanning of tissue and an actual beveled edge on the other side for slightly deeper work.
This works best for breaking down scar tissues locally, fully engages all proprioceptive mechanisms, assists in soft tissue repair, helps to loosen up tight muscles and provides relief to pain and discomfort.
The knockoffs don't have this design.
It has a brushed matte finish and this makes a difference when your hands are in oil.
Brushed Matte FinishUsed with emollient, IASTM tools are prone to become very slippery. A shiny surface of the stainless steel tools is only contributing to that. It's not easy to hold on to with oily fingers.
Those tools with built-in texture for grip win. Sanitation is crucial, though, so nothing that could trap bacteria, skin cells, etc. like a rubberized insert would work. It would have to be part of the metal.
The Edge Original Tool came to the rescue with its brushed matte finish to manage this problem.
Well, it's not the best anti-slippery option but still it works much better comparing to mirror polished stainless steel IASTM tools.