I am a PT, LMT and CKPT. I want to focus my practice on sports performance and injury recovery using KT, myofascial release, and functional training plus a few modalities that include estim and laser BUT i’m in a small space and a smaller budget. I’m a start up so I just need the necessities but I don’t want to endanger my care with the lack of funds and space. Any suggestions on a list and places to find these?
You presumably have a table and the other massage tools. The taping is not going to require much space or large expensive tools. Do you primarily do myofascial work as part of your bodywork, or will you be teaching SMR? I’ve done some work with that, mostly as a way to understand some of the energetics of my yoga work, and I would say I like the simplest tools… a set of gel balls and a foam roller…. though if you are going to use the tools rather than the hands on techniques, you will need to consider having a couple of different hardnesses of rollers. The advantage of this is that you can teach them techniques that they can do between sessions to increase the benefits of the work you do together.
I would like to suggest you invest in a yoga block and strap. They are cheap and take up little room. They have quite a few uses beyond the typical ones. I use the block in a lot of core work to help engage and focus specific muscles.
I would also suggest going to home depot, or whatever your local hardware is, and getting a couple of wooden dowels. They are helpful for working on balance with someone with mobility or balance issues, and even helpful for getting up off the floor. The can also be held against the back above and below to help find and keep alignment during standing exercises. I’ve used dowels to help with shoulder alignment in dolphin pose in yoga, and for other things… they are cheap, versatile, and take up little space. There was a presenter at IdeaWorld doing some Pilates work for osteoporosis who showed a number of fascinating uses for the dowels.
You could take a look at Gaiam. They have some nice things.
If you are in the market for yoga mats I would suggest you consider Aurora. I know the Manduka is the ‘top of the line’, but it is also very expensive, and while many people rave about them, there are a lot of other options. I like the Aurora extra long as when fully stretched out my toes don’t go off the end.
I would suggest that the first thing you do is prioritize what equipment you absolutely need to provide your services right now, in a manner that might not be perfect or ideal, but you can accept.
Make a list of those things and then search for your best price online.
As you save up more funds to purchase more equipment, continue prioritizing items to buy. Eventually you can start buying items that are more of a luxury or that can elevate your services.
It is really upto how you view your needs. I might buy an expensive piece of equipment because I depend on it or feel it will give me the advantage in the market that I need to compete. You might think that I was being foolish to spend that much money in the situation.
All of the previous answers are great. If you are the industrious and do-it-yourself type, going to home depot to get dowels are good. You could also go in there and get PVC pipes of different sizes and widths and feel them up with sand or water to use for instability training. I am a mobile trainer for the most part and use a lot of different bands for exercises in both the office, home, gym and field. I have had luck purchasing equipment from Sports Authority, but, use Perform Better for the majority of my training equipment. With a little ingenuity and creativity, you can do a whole lot with a lot less.