I received the Edge Mobility System from Dr. E a while back. The system includes an EDGEility Tool, Edge Mobility Bands, and TowEDGE Spacers. I was excited about the toe spacers because I use wide toe shoes (Altra and Topo Athletic) because it allows your toes to spread out and helps with stability. I knew the toe spacers could help out with that. I had no idea what mobility bands or the EDGEility Tool were used for.
Dr. Erson Religioso III is a Physical Therapist, located in the Buffalo area. He created The Manual Therapist to help mentor and teach professionals around the world and physioanswers.com to help the general public understand the profession of physical/physiotherapy. He created the EDGEility Tool, which is used for instrument-assisted soft-tissue manipulation.
Let me quickly explain what instrument-assisted soft-tissue manipulation (IASTM) is. IASTM is a practice that is used by more than 16,000 physical therapists worldwide to help heal soft tissue injures. These are injuries where you have damaged muscles, ligaments, or tendons. The most common soft tissue injuries are sprains and strains. IASTM is used to increase blood flow and break up restrictions in your injured soft tissue.
The EDGEility Tool was something that I had no clue how to use at first. It is a plastic tool that you use for IASTM. They can be used by anyone at home (you don’t need to be a physical therapist) when mobility is the only issue. If you are in pain, please see a doctor. As a runner, you should be looking at asymmetries. I had a weakness in my left leg due to my Achilles tendonitis. I used the EDGEility Tool around my ankle and Achilles tendon. I did feel that after a few days that the tendonitis was starting to get better. Dr. E does not promote breaking up scar tissue, just to decrease tension through light skin stimulation. You simply rub the tool over the skin, as lightly as possible, to promote skin stimulation and to have the skin slide over the soft tissue. There are video’s available for download that show you how to use IASTM on specific body parts on Dr. E’s website.
The TowEDGE Spacers are comfortable silicone spacers that you wear between your toes. This is best done when you are working out, running, or walking around the house. The purpose is to correct the alignment in your toes that is caused by years of wearing shoes that push your toes out of alignment. The toe spacers should help with mobility and stability. I found that it did take a while to get used to the spacers as I felt like they spread my toes out too far. I did get used to them after the first 15 minutes of working out with them on. I used them when I did my core workout which consisted of planks, squats, and I ran on my treadmill for 1.5 miles. The toe spacers were comfortable and I did feel more stable when I was doing my squats and running. I would recommend wide toe box shoes for these though as there might not be enough room in standard shoes.
The Edge Mobility Bands are used to apply comfortable compression during any mobility exercise. This includes static and dynamic stretching as well. If you have knee or ankle pain, you could wrap them with the mobility band. When you do your stretch or exercise, you should notice that you are able to do more with less pain with the compression. I tried this on my knee and did notice that it worked as advertised. I had a slight pain in my knee without the compression and no pain with the band on. The bands are made out of 100% rubber and measure 7.5’ long by 1.5” wide. I have also used this in treating my Achilles tendonitis as a stretching band.
I am not a doctor and cannot tell you if these products could benefit you. I can only share my opinion. I feel like each of these tools have their benefits, especially for runners. We tend to get injured or have minor muscle issues that we deal with on a regular basis. I feel that these tools have helped me and I plan on using them as part of my daily maintenance. If you are interested in purchasing any of these products, please visit http://www.edgemobilitysystem.com/.
Note: I received this product in exchange for a review. The review is my personal opinion of the product and I was not required to give a particular opinion of
it. I am not a doctor, so please use all of the products that I review at your own risk.