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heel chord barbell smash does not hurt me. I double it up with my own foot, it does not phase me. When I do banded distraction into pistol I feel like my heel chord becomes steal. I have no sliding surfaces. I can feel restriction. So am I missing something in the barbell smash?
Try voodoo banding your heel cord. Do some ankle circles, calf raises, and maybe a few pistols and then see how it feels. You may have better luck that route.
Voodoo banding seems to help in the realm of capsule restriction, but I can still feel a very stiff “heel chord” in the position of emphasis, so I can see why my ankle mobility goes back to being stiff again. I will double down on voodoo flossing, but I am still looking for some pressure to address the steel heel chord without having a super friend.
Episode 350: Tack And Floss: Heel Cord Edition
Episode 319: Protect Those Heel Cords Man!
Episode 285: Sliding Surfaces; Ankle Range of Motion Case Study Part 1
Episode 285: Sliding Surfaces; Ankle Range of Motion Case Study Part 2
Episode 258: Ankle Mobility-Self Mulligan Technique
Episode 25: Heel Cords of a Cheetah, Achilles Well Being
I feel like I get nothing out of ball wacking as well especially if this is steel we are talking about…
Are you sure you are performing the mobilizations properly?
Mobilizations shouldn’t hurt.
The barbell smash isn’t a mobilization that hits the cause of your heel cord issue.
Have you looked up and down stream of the issue?
What are you doing to address your heel cord?
I think of the ball whack comparison to taking up the slack of my skin in the heel chord barbell scenario. I literally have no extra skin to work with. So when I ball whack my skin I feel nothing changing really. Same with smashing my heel chord against the barbell. When I say “hurt” I mean more like tender tissue pain — you know the pain cave. I feel like as I go along with mobilization I know what normal tissue feels like. I would say my heel chord feels normal, but when I go in the position of restriction such as down in a squat I have very very tight skin and hard muscle right around the ankle/heel. It feels like there should be more sliding surface there to give me more room.
They are not the same.
If you are not seeing change from the barbell mod move onto something else.
Different mobs are going to work for different people addressing the same issue.
You need to have someone else do the ball wacking.
You need to address the cause of the restriction. Have you looked up/downstream of the heel cord?
You see the issue at the heel cord, but this may not be where the problem originates.
Yeah, like Kaitlin said, if you’re not seeing change move on to another potential solution, and start to look at the bigger picture.