20 Weeks 6 Days Post Op
At my last follow up appointment my surgeon suggested trying a deep massage technique called Graston to determine if some of the discomfort I’ve experienced is related to the scar tissue and any adhesions around the tendon. My physical therapist was not certified with the Graston technique, so I needed to find a new one. Fortunately I found a PT clinic that is convenient to both home and work.
Today I had my first appointment with the new PT and my initiation with Graston. Several people with first hand knowledge gave me fair warning of the pain that can be involved. I also read that people with red hair and fair skin may find the treatment more painful. Of course, I have both red hair and fair skin. But, I was more excited to try something new rather than nervous of the possible pain.
After discussing my long history with this injury and the science of Graston, the PT got to work. I was pleasantly surprised that I didn’t find the technique to be all that painful. I don’t consider myself to have an unusually high pain threshold, so I’m sure the level of pain is different for everyone. I believe the PT also mentioned that she would probably start off a bit easy to see how my body reacted to the treatment. Perhaps the pain will come later??
It is obviously too early to tell if the Graston massage was helpful, but my ankle and calf did feel a bit looser following the treatment. The PT mentioned that it generally takes about 3-4 sessions to notice if Graston is providing any benefit. I’m hopeful that I’ll see some improvements by the end of the year.
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