This is why it is important to take care of your body. When I first started CrossFit, I was training for the NYC Marathon. Never a runner before, I followed the training schedule Alison Sweeney, host of the Biggest Loser, used to get in running shape. Not being in the best physical condition and overtraining led to a severe case of IT Band Syndrome in both of my legs. The iliotibial (IT) band is a ligament that runs along the outside of the thigh from the hip to the lateral aspect of the knee. It stabilizes the knee and hip while running. IT Band syndrome occurs when the band rubs against bone repetitively, creating inflammation and pain. I couldn't walk for 3 days!
After my Orthopedist confirmed everything was anatomically okay but highly inflamed, he recommended I find a practitioner who performs the Graston Technique. The Graston Technique is an instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization that enables clinicians to effectively break down scar tissue and facial restrictions. The technique utilizes specially designed stainless steel instruments to specifically detect and effectively treat areas exhibiting soft tissue fibrosis or chronic inflammation. (See above picture) After researching the limited number of practitioners in my area, I chose Dr. Mandarino, a chiropractor specializing in sports medicine.
Dr. Mandarino warned me that the treatment may hurt a little bit. He then proceeded to rub the instruments, which looked to me like butter knives, vigorously over my legs. Wow! It felt like he was pressing a bruise over and over again. My legs were very red, and I did bruise, which is normal if there is significant scar tissue in the area. But I felt immediate relief! After each treatment, the pain and inflammation decreased and my flexibility and mobility improved greatly. The appearance of my legs even improved. What I once thought was cellulite was actually areas of scar tissue puckering my skin. It took about 8 treatments until I felt back or should I say better than my normal self.
Now, I see Dr. Mandarino monthly for maintenance. He uses the Graston Technique on other parts of my body that have developed considerable scar tissue from training and living. Dr. Mandarino also incorporates adjustments, massage, laser, Active Release and Kinesiotaping techniques. His office has become my training room and his treatments keep me healthy enough to continue training at the intensity I have grown to love. If you would like more information about the Graston Technique see www.grastontechnique.com. To make an appointment with Dr. Mandarino see www.mandarinochiropractic.com.