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Notice Kelly talks a lot about Smashing scar tissues or sticky tissues usually with lacrosse ball. I have been doing the smashing technique for a while as well. Does he also recommend any scrapping techniques like Graston?
If it is something that works for you and you see improvements then do it.
If there are techniques where you see improvements use them.
It may not be something that is shown on an episode, but there are multiple ways to address different situations. Different approaches work different for different people and different areas of the body.
Seeing a practitioner is very beneficial. It is a skill in and of itself.
I have had some graston done on scar tissue with improvement.
I am a self scraper with some gua sha and myofascial tools bought off the internet. i would say that going to a practictioner to scrape you is much better than self scraping. they have more sensitivity to the vibrations caused by tissue as the tool moves across a muscle than i do, as they have more experience with it. they know how much to scrape and when to stop, when they feel the tissue starts to change. i sometimes can feel it and sometimes i cannot (more often not).
My experience has led me to believe the following:
Scraping – Optimal for restructuring damaged tissue and working out minor superficial/surface adhesions.
Smashing – intended for deep tissue adhesions/knots/trigger points as well as assisting with delaminating tissues and for adding mobility/flexibility/tissue length.
I am really amazed about this, I will now suggest this therapy to my mother who suffers from blood circulation problems since a long time ago, I guess she is going to be happy at knowing there´s something more to deal with this than just pills and drops.