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Teaching IASTM with the EDGE

SUNY Buffalo DPT 2nd year students had a group purchase which entitled them to a free 3 hour course split into 2 parts. Teaching part 1 tonight, assessment and treatment of the upper quarter with select lower quarter treatments. Ask about a student/group discount and course! Email thect.edge@gmail.com


  1. Frédéric Wellens, phtNovember 23, 2011 at 5:17 PM

    I wonder, was it actually bought by the Uni or was it just privately bought by the group of PT students themselves? The 6 hours course insn't part of the DPT curricula I guess ?



  2. Dr Erson Religioso III, DPTNovember 23, 2011 at 6:45 PM

    It's only introduced in the curriculum. Mainly because I teach them. They bought it privately.

  3. Isn't there a conflict of interest to introduce and sell a tool, which has no scientific validity for effectiveness, to your students? You have a financial vested interested in this product and it is not included as a tool which is in the standard practice of physical therapy...No offense...I'm just looking out for the interest of PT students who are likely more naive to buy into whatever their professors are pushing as compared to a licensed professional???

  4. I'm not a professor, I'm a regular guest lecturer who developed all their labs. I am a mentor in 3 OMPT Fellowship programs. The techniques I teach in the labs are a combination of traditional MDT, OMPT, Mulligan, Soft Tissue Functional Release and IASTM. It's a very quick demo.

    In terms of no scientific validity, you mean like the rest of what is introduced in your average, the student only knows a myriad of useless special tests and no idea how to treat the patient curriculum? They still learn shortwave diathermy at some schools!

    In terms of a licensed professional, not sure what you mean, but I have my own practice where I am using the EDGE along with all of my colleagues and most of the fellows I have trained have adopted. It was also used at a recent course for Evidence in Motion. I am working with Daemen College, one of the Fellowship programs I teach for to do higher quality studies than what Graston and ASTYM have out there.

    I understand your concerns, but I feel like the DPT Students at SUNY Buffalo have an extremely well rounded OMPT based ortho curriculum that puts them well ahead of the special tests, ultrasound and MET based generic curriculum.

  5. My comment was not directed toward the Fellows...they have been out in the field and have a much better determination of what is useful in practice. If the Fellows find it useful, then go for it. 2nd year DPT students and Fellows have 2 totally different abilities to rationalize and my comment was to defend the DPT students immaturity of thinking in respect to PT practice. We should be pushing for true "evidence-based practice".

  6. Useless special tests? Which special tests are we talking about here? I sure hope you are not referring to orthopedic testing that far too many practitioners are abandoning because 'their hands can tell them more than those silly tests'. Also, your rebuttal sounded very moving yet all you did was try to bully Joe and you still presented absolutely zero scientific evidence that IASTM or the Edge tool have any usefulness. I'm on your side, but as a DPT don't you know how to respond better than that?

  7. Joe and I get along very well now and are even doing a study together, but no there is no well documented research on my tool or any others, but there is on fascial mechanotransduction and other theories. And yes, special tests are useless, they provoke complaints, do not lead to specific treatment, and are not systematic or help you classify a patient which leads to better outcomes. I was upset because I felt Joe was attacking me. If you read my blog, I'm surprise you stick to special testing. What value does it give you that you cannot assess with movement screens or repeated motions?