IASTM Just Got More Accessible With the Wave Tool

Let me introduce you to the best IASTM and massage tool for active athletes on the market.

Before we get started with the Wave Tool Review, let’s define what an IASTM Tool is.

Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilisation or Simply IASTM is a new range of tool which enables clinicians to efficiently locate and treat individuals diagnosed with soft tissue dysfunction. The technique itself is said to be a modern evolution from Traditional Chinese Medicine called Gua Sha. -Physio-Pedia.com

Dr. Anh Bui, PT, DPT, CSCS from Revo Physiotherapy

This gear review turned out to be pretty special. We got Dr. Anh Bui, PT, DPT, CSCS from Revo Physiotherapy in Boulder, CO to take the Wave Tool for just over a month and really put it to task. Anh, is a former NCAA Cross Country & Track and Field athlete from UC San Diego and she graduated from Columbia University Medical Center’s PT program, if there was anyone to give an expert opinion… this is her.

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Deets

  • The only tool combing myofascial massage surfaces and IASTM edge technology to completely treat myofascial pain, restrictions, and adhesions.
  • Hard and durable nylon/glass composite material and a Unique 3D ergonomic grip design increases user tactile sensitivity while decreasing hand strain
  • Use with LOTION for edge release therapy, treats a variety of conditions including tendonitis, scar tissue, cellulite, adhesions, fibrosis, muscle strain, myofascial pain.
  • See wavetoolstherapy.com for instructional videos.
  • Designed by Physical Therapists and Professional Athletes. Patent Pending, Finished by hand in Colorado.

Wave Tool with descriptions of use
Wave Tool Massaging a calf
Wave Tool massaging a shin
Wave tool massaging a shoulder

Anh’s Assessment: The Wave Tool was tested along side a traditional metal IASTM tool and “the benefits were about equal.”

  1. Weight: The tool is a lot lighter to carry around than typical metal tools, there could be real benefits if you choose to carrying it around the backcountry.
  2. Edge: The wave tool edges are softer and more comfortable on the skin. You don’t really need to apply lotion prior because it glides more easily than metal tools. However, some of the edges began to turn white and might be an indication of being worn down.
  3. Levering Disc: As a patient and a practitioner the levering disc was very beneficial. I used the levering disc side of the tool on patients and it feels like it provides great leverage. Patients report the levering disc feels more comfortable than the other edges.
  4. Price: The Wave Tool is much cheaper than typical IASTM tools. $50.00 Wave Tool vs. $300 Metal Tool. This allows much greater accessibility for customers to try the tool for themselves.

Should you add this tool to your daily routine? The answer is yes.

The Wave Tool can be used a variety of different ways to address myofascial restrictions, adhesions, scar tissue, neural restriction, and muscle tension. If you are like us and recreate daily, the inevitable build of scar tissue and myofascial restrictions need to be dealt with. This inexpensive tool could be the key to unlocking better movement and more longevity in your outdoor pursuits. Add this tool to your stretching routine and the benefits will be tangible in the field.

Comments or questions about the IASTM Wave Tool review? Please drop us a line below, we would love to hear from you.

Text: Anh Bui & Adam Scott
Photos: Adam Scott, Wave Tool and Revo Physiotherapy
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