When Foam Rolling Just Won’t Cut It
Collectively, Eric, Brian, and myself have always stressed the importance of establishing a network of professionals that you can refer out to when needed. While we generally have our bases covered from the “making people bad-asses” side of things; it almost becomes a necessity to be able to refer out when it comes to soft tissue work.
Sure, we can show people how to foam roll, or how to use ordinary things like a tennis/lacrosse ball to help improve their tissue quality, and usually, that’s all people need in order to see vast improvements. In some cases, however, they can be fairly limited and only go so far.
Personally, foam rollers just don’t do it for me anymore and I’ve graduated to rolling on live grenades. As such, whether it’s finding a great physical therapist, chiropractor, or massage therapist, if you really want to make a difference with tissue quality, nothing beats someone manually getting their hands on you.
As it is, every Monday afternoon, Nate Tiplady from Patient First Chiropractic & Physical Therapy, located in Waltham, MA, comes in with his Graston tools and works on many of our clients, as well as the CP staff.
For those unaware, the Graston Technique is a unique system that uses small, metal tools to help break up scar tissue and adhesions that prevent fluid movement of muscles, tendons, ligaments, as well as other surrounding tissue.
For a quick primer, click HERE for a slideshow that goes into more detail.
It’s not pleasant. Actually, it can downright suck. And it’s sometimes comical to hear the things that come out of people’s mouths when Nate is treating them- sort of like that scene from The 40 Year Old Virgin when Steve Carell’s character goes in to get his chest hair waxed.
Nevertheless, the results speak for themselves, and it’s pretty amazing the marked difference people see in only a matter of a few sessions. What’s more, sometimes you walk away with a sweet bruise on your leg, like I did yesterday:
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