There are many established soft tissue treatment techniques, such as pin and stretch, scraping, ischemic compression, and others. There is no ’T Tool Technique’ because T Tool was designed to help you perform the great techniques that already exist - ergonomically.
Anatomy of T Tool
T Tool has unique anatomy, and to understand the other videos in this series, we need to go over the names of all the parts.
You can hold T Tool in a variety of comfortable ways, and the more you use it, the more you will find what naturally works best for you. With that said, it’s good to have a starting point. This video demonstrates the most common ways we suggest holding it, depending on the technique you’re performing.
Scraping Style IASTM
There are three main treatment surfaces you can use to perform scraping style IASTM with T Tool. The bevels are purposefully less sharp than most IASTM tools in order to increase patient comfort and avoid unnecessary superficial skin damage.
Scraping with Motion
Similar to scraping style IASTM, a common technique is to perform scraping with joint motion to create a different stimulus. This video demonstrates several examples of using T Tool to perform scraping with motion.
This technique can be stressful on your body, whether that is your thumb joints or having to bend your back to use your elbow. With T Tool, you can use the rounded corner and the dome treatment surfaces to perform ischemic compression.
Pin and Stretch
If you add joint motion to ischemic compression, you essentially have pin and stretch, so there are a lot of similarities between how you will use T Tool to perform the two techniques. This video demonstrates several examples of how you can use T Tool to save your thumbs while performing pin and stretch.
Use Over Clothing
The dome treatment surface works great over clothing, especially the back and hips. The ability to use it this way is one of the most common capabilities our customers tell us they love about T Tool.
Superficial Tissue Work
A ‘hack’ that we have learned from people using T Tool is wrapping a band or a glove around it to create a sticky interface to use against the skin to perform superficial tissue work for nerve entrapments, etc.
Cleaning and Traveling with T Tool
Since T Tool is made of stainless steel and finished with a custom metallic blend, it can be cleaned with soap and water and other gentle cleansers. Do not use abrasive cleaners that have particulate in them. Any cleaner you use to clean your other equipment, tables, etc, is fine. If you plan to travel with your T Tool through an airport, please be advised if you carry it on, you may have security ask to inspect it and they may require you to check it.
Whether you already own a T Tool or are thinking about getting one, we want you to love it. It’s unlike any other soft tissue treatment tool, which is why we have a 30-day money back guarantee. You need to feel it for yourself.