Interview with Daniel Tapia

"I think the main advantage the 3TOOL offers is to have handy a way of carrying out a stimulus in moments when getting to the physio is not easy. Of course, I am of the opinion that before using 3TOOL one should consult a professional on how to use it."

Daniel Tapia Amores. Born in Granada in 1977. Works as a physiotherapist at J. Daniel Tapia Amores Physiotherapy Clinic. And today he tells us about his experience with the new 3TOOL.
Good morning Daniel, you were commenting that the other day that you tried the 3TOOL with a patient. Could you tell us about your experience?

The truth is it surprised me, when I first had it in my hands it I felt different sensations to when I applied it on the patient. The first time you hold it you start to wonder about its uses, but when a specific situation arises you remember 3TOOL can be the best option. I’ll tell you something; last week I attended a rugby player, as in the world sport this is my speciality because I was also a rugby player. He had a contracture in the subscapularis muscle not accessible by the interposition of the scapula. My fingers were suffering a lot when trying to get at it, which is when I thought 3TOOL could be a good option. Thanks to its pyramid design I could position the tip of the tool on the contracture and apply pressure with the thenar eminence of my right hand, with the 3TOOL almost disappearing completely under the scapula.

How did you get to know about the existence of this new tool?

It happened through Twitter. I received a retweet talking about 3TOOL and the crowdfunding campaign that was taking place, it was then when I became interested in the product. I like innovations which are occurring in physiotherapy and this one could not be different. So I contacted 3TOOL to know more about the product.

What benefits do you consider 3TOOL has for the patient?

I think the main advantage the 3TOOL offers is to have handy a way of carrying out a stimulus in moments when getting to the physio is not easy. Of course, I am of the opinion that before using 3TOOL one should consult a professional on how to use it. Once the anamnesis and assessment have been carried out by the physiotherapist, he can recommend how to use the 3TOOL and how to complement the treatment received at the clinic at home.

What would you highlight about its use?

Versatility is one of its strong points. The fact of being able to use a neuromuscular, myofascial and joint treatment makes it more attractive. Additionally, it can both be used by the patient at home, and also by the physiotherapist at the clinic.

As a physiotherapist, with reference to the tool: Which of its 3 uses do you consider more effective? Would you add any other?

According to my experience, I think the best out of the 3 options is the tip we use for myofascial trigger points, because it gives us an ergonomic grip protecting our cherished joints.

I reckon every physio is going to find different ways of using it. After little use you soon find a place for it in the clinic. In the few days I have had in the clinic, taking into account the needs of the patient I have thought of different uses for it which were not described.

Is there any similar tool in the market?

It is true that comparisons can be made with products which can perform the 3 functions but each one only performs one function. In my view the versatility of the 3TOOL together with the creativity of the physiotherapist and its low cost, make this product something special which cannot be comparable to other products in the market.

To end, would you recommend it to patients to continue with treatment at home?

Due to the way I work, having a tool that complements the treatment received in consultation, seems fundamental to me. The most important thing is the patient's recovery and nowadays for this we have 3TOOL. I think everyone should have one in our clinics and have one or two in reserve so the patient can buy one and take it home.

Thank you very much for your time Daniel, with that we end our questions about 3TOOL.

It has been a pleasure to carry out this interview and thank you for taking me into account.