Have you heard of Graston Technique, also called i-Smart, also called Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization?
A couple of weeks ago my feet started hurting. Not my usual plantar fasciitis crap, but at times, the whole bottom of my feet would hurt. In Taipei the pain was excruciating.
Then I found out that our (super expensive) insurance covers acupuncture. So I made myself an appointment, explained my issues, and was told that acupuncture wouldn’t be the solution, the Graston Technique should be used instead (and I swear I heard it “Aggression Technique” at first, which would have been totally accurate).
And I’d like to say that I’ve never been in so much pain in my life, but the 2nd degree burns I got on my leg a couple of years ago take that spot (and let’s hope it stays that way), but lets just say this Graston stuff was close.
What is it?
Well basically they use this curved metal of death and rub it in the spots that are tight, and where they find bumps from scar tissues on your ligaments/tendons/muscles.
If this sounds like a massage, don’t kid yourself. Even though it was a rubbing motion, it felt like I was being beat with a hammer. By a very angry person.
In my case, there were a TON of those spots on my lower legs around the calves (not surprised there), a few next to my achilles tendon, and of course a bunch at the bottom of my foot. You would think the bottom of the foot, the source of pain, would be the worst part, no? But you’d be wrong. Those spots on my legs? HURT LIKE A @#@$#$%#! In an “I need a towel to bite on” sort of hurt. Or “can we please have anesthesia first?” type of thing.
And she even mentioned she was taking it easy today, just to loosen things up, and she will really use true force next time. I would be surprised if I have no bruises up and down my legs as is.
On Friday, I’m meant to go for my next appointment. I’m already dreading the thing. But whether this works or not, I don’t know yet, but I should be able to tell after the 3rd treatment. But my calves felt looser and lighter walking out of there for sure. Probably because the beating had ended.