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The STMfish® is a tool used for instrument assisted soft tissue mobilisation (IASTM) techniques. It is available in surgical steel (316 stainless steel) or 6061 aluminium anodised to MIL-A-8625 Type II specs. The design incorporates a variety of convex and concave profiles to suit all areas of the body. Each tool is individually cut from 6mm (1/4") plate using precise computer assisted machining and custom profile cutters. Each instrument is then polished by hand and inspected under magnification.
It is designed to fit snugly in the hand while allowing the practitioner to continuously alter the breadth of contact by rocking the instrument to change the radius of the contact to suit the area being treated. The design of the edge profile allows the practitioner to increase or reduce the intensity of the contact by merely changing the angle of tilt. It also has a notched zone to enhance lymphatic drainage. The channels allow the use of longer strokes in areas of oedema. Only one STMfish® tool is required to work on the entire body as opposed to multiple tools for Graston, ASTYM and SASTM Techniques. Both the stainless steel and aluminium versions may be sterilised using an autoclave or alcohol bath.
After many variations in shape and edge profile, he arrived at the current design which when applied correctly achieves excellent outcomes with minimal superficial trauma. The designer also experimented using a layer of fabric between the instrument and the skin as an alternative to a lubricant. A square of satin or fine weave cotton allows the transmission of the therapeutic “tissue wave” with even less superficial skin abrasion. This is particularly useful on hairy areas of skin.
IASTM Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilisation (IASTM) is very effective for the release of myofascial adhesions and scar tissue associated with a variety of soft tissue injuries ranging from lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow) to post operative scar tissue reduction. It can also be used to stimulate blood flow to injured areas and assist with lymphatic drainage from inflamed areas. There are several “Western” based IASTM systems, such as; Graston Technique®, ASTYM treatment or Sound Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (SASTM). Many of these inspired by traditional tools shown here.
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