Trouble falling asleep? Here's how it started.....around 2003 I was working at Ohio Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine and our clinic borrowed a set of metal tools to try. I used them on a patient's hand who had unresolved pain in his palm after fracturing a metacarpal. The fracture was well healed but he could not bear weight on his palm. His pain was eliminated after a single treatment.
Occupational therapists get to make a lot of custom splints and the material is perfect for making prototypes. My former boss, Lynn Wallace strongly encouraged me to develop and market a tool I made. Lynn is no longer with us but I took his words to heart and experimented with different shapes and edge profiles until it had the right feel. It was now just a matter of fabrication.
The early tools were made with a router using a custom bit. Rough tools were cut out with a jigsaw. Using wooden templates bolted to each rough tool the edge was shaped by carefully pushing the material into the router bit. It's wonder I still have all my fingers! These first tools the GOST-1 and GOST-2 were available in 2005 and sold through Ebay. If you have one of these, they were made from clear polycarbonate.
Safety and the manufacturing process improved greatly with an injection mold for the GOST-1 and 2. The GOST-3 followed shortly. At one time I also offered a removeable handle for the GOST-1 and 2. The handle decreased strain on the user's hand but it was difficult to fabricate and scratched the tools. To provide a tool with a handle, a new injection mold was needed. The new mold, capable of making a tool with an integrated handle provides the most recent Professional Tools.
All tools are based on gua sha, a Traditional Chinese Medicine technique practiced for over 2000 years. Instruments provide anatomy specific shapes with modern materials. Each tool features a symmetrically beveled treatment edge that is both comfortable, sensitive and effective for any modern instrument assisted soft tissue technique.
Still awake? All products are the design of Matthew Lott. Mr. Lott's degrees include a BA in Biology from Hiram College and a combined MS and BS in occupational therapy from D'Youville College. Mr. Lott is a practicing occupational therapist and certified hand therapist with over 20 years experience. He sees clients in a regional upper extremity surgical and rehabilitation clinic in Akron, Ohio.
2016 Burning River 100 finish with pacer Aimee
Matt's clinical practice, running habit and ability to find new and interesting ways to injure himself continues to provide the foundation for the successful application of gua sha. In addition to designing the tools, Matt also authored the treatment manual Gua Sha; Clinical Applications for Chronic Soft Tissue Pain and Dysfunction.
2019 Boston Marathon
I proudly offer these products to clinicians and anyone motivated to learn a valuable self treatment technique.
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