Can someone advise me on the differences/applications of Active Release (ART) compared to the Graston Technique?
I have had graston done on my knee to remove scar tissue around my knee cap that impinged on the tendons. I must say it was amazing stuff. The tools themselves look like they come from a horror flick but it turned my knee to butter. The effect was so drastic that when asked to do a squat I couldn't keep my knee straight on the way down. The muscles had been overcompensating so much that they pulled my knee wildly outward. Even though it left me shaky for a few weeks my "bad" knee started feeling like it was the "good" knee and i wanted to go back to have the other side worked on!
The reason I ask is that I am having difficulty doing squats again. For reference i've had surgery on both my knee (miniscus) and ankle (fibula/blown connective tissue) in the last two years. I was hoping to use the squats to help regain strength in my leg but the squats are proving difficult. I believe I've built up some scar tissue where i blew out the ligament(?) in my ankle and it physically prevents my foot from moving upward (dorsiflexion?). In other words I can't bend my knee without my ankle pulling up off of the floor. I inquired with my surgeon at one point and his response was that the scar tissue would break down/diminish with activity. Its been two years and I'm not sure I'm satisfied with the progress. I am considering seeking treatment and was wondering if anyone could share their experiences with ART or have anything to say about one or the other (graston).