The new WaveStone looks set to revolutionise massage treatments.
Many tools have been invented which claim to help manual therapists to provide massage and body work treatments and it is still quite shocking to see some of the techniques that therapists are trained in which place a great deal of stress on their hands.
It is a well known fact in the Spa and healthcare industry that injuries to a body work practitioners’ hands and upper limbs are one of the main reasons they cease to practice.
Adrian Jenkinson, a Sports Therapist for nearly twenty years, has spent over a decade designing and refining the WaveStone. A new tool which is aimed at reducing the workload on a therapists’ hands.
Adrian initially qualified as a paramedic and his success as both a national league field hockey and ice hockey goalkeeper (where he also provided game day medical cover) drew him towards sports therapy.
Working with the ambulance service and playing sport at a national level meant that he was witnessing and assessing injuries on a daily basis. It was therefore perhaps a natural step for him to want to become involved in recovery and rehabilitation and, following a return to the classroom, he then set up his own clinic in Guildford, Surrey, where he still practices today, specialising in the treatment of sports injuries, associated rehabilitation and massage.
Over the last decade, Adrian has scoured the globe to find a natural stone that could be ergonomically shaped and so aid therapists by
enabling them to eliminate repetitive stress injuries to thumbs and wrists.
During the same period, he progressively developed the design of the WaveStone as a treatment tool that can follow all the contours of the body’s muscles.
Many different types of stone were tested and discarded and a number of prototype shapes developed before the WaveStone achieved its final form.
Manual therapies form an important part of our treatment regimes, so we have evaluated the WaveStone at The Sport and Perfoming Arts Injury Clinic over the last two weeks.
The profile of the WaveStone allows it to be held comfortably with a relaxed grip and it is soon evident that a great deal of thought has gone into the design.
Measuring around 20cms in overall length, the gentle ‘S’ shaped curves allow it to conform neatly to any area of the body being worked and the naturally rounded ends are great for trigger point and detail work, especially around the shoulder and neck area.
Turn the WaveStone to it’s widest profile and it can be effectively employed to provide the very gentle techniques required for lymphatic drainage, allowing the therapist to work a larger area with a delicate, uniform pressure.
The narrowest profile can be used for “stripping” work such as that employed in the Graston Technique.
When using the WaveStone, a fraction of the normal pressure is required by the therapist, thus reducing stress and strain on hands, wrists and arms meaning that clients benefit from longer and more efficient treatment regimes.
A handy sealable plastic container comes with the WaveStone, allowing the tool to be submerged in hot or cold water. It heats up well using hot water from the tap and retains the heat longer than heated basalt stones.
Unlike stones which need to be heated in very hot water or steamers, the WaveStone achieves a comfortable temperature suited to both client and practitioner.
The WaveStone can be used with massage oils or on it’s own without any massage medium and is supplied with a 100ml bottle of massage oil. It’s smooth, dense surface also makes it easy to clean and sanitise.
Although using the stone is very intuitive, there is a “how to” section on the WaveStone website and WaveStone Therapies Ltd. will run training courses for groups of interested therapists.
Of all the tools we have tested, the WaveStone has a place in every body work therapists’ kit and offers enough benefit to therapist and client that it should be introduced to the practitioner as part of the training curriculum.
Visit the WaveStone Therapies Ltd. website