Técnica Gavilán began in Guadalajara, Mexico in 2004. With nothing more than a napkin sketch of the first instruments, we set out to not only improve soft tisse tools, but create more functional treatment applications around them.
While ISTM treatment had been around for close to 20 years at this point, very little improvement had been made to the design of the instruments. One of the early pioneers utilized single-sided, blunt edged instruments that were slippery and hard to hold; and those same instruments were still in use. With many areas of the body to treat, a single sided symmetric treatment tool limits the best applications.
Out of that first meeting came the realization that instruments with a treatment edge that surrounded their entire perimeter would be much more efficient and that the practitioner would need fewer instruments. And so prototyping began. We experimented with various metals and settled on stainless steel with a high content of nickel, which is very hard and non-porous, preventing any bacteria from embedding into the instrument and spreading from patient to patient.
The first two prototypes were cut from solid stainless steel in Guadalajara, Mexico. Casting the instruments would have been less expensive, however the vibration of the instrument was dampened, limiting the best patient outcomes. Cutting each instrument from a solid piece of stainless steel took longer but the enhanced vibrations when treating soft tissues were immediately evident.
In our last two prototypes we finalized our design. Each surface was textured to create a relaxed grip for the practitioner. Each Gavilán instrument has a well-defined treatment edge surrounding the entire perimeter. This design requires less treatment pressure and virtually eliminates bruising. We customized each curve with a double beveled treatment edge for comfort and enhanced the asymmetry of each instrument. This allows the Gavilán instruments the ability to fit the greatest number of body areas for treatment.
Técnica Gavilán instruments are currently made in the USA by a family owned machine shop in California.