An unusual technique often used to treat sports injuries is now helping breast cancer survivors as well. It involves the use of specialized metal tools to dig deep into the muscle in search of scar tissue.
“A lot of times with breast cancer patients, where their surgery’s been, they get a lot of scar tissue,” says physical therapist Carrie Cameron as she works to loosen the hardened tissue around the chest and shoulder area of a breast cancer survivor.
To help her break up the scar tissue, she uses a set of medieval looking tools we first reported on last year. They’re part of a system known as the Graston Technique, and therapists say the metal tools vibrate as they travel over hardened tissue.