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The Graston Technique is a form of manual therapy known as instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM). It is used to detect and treat scar tissue, adhesions, and fascial restrictions.

 

The technique involves using specialized stainless steel instruments to massage and scrape the skin gently. These instruments help identify areas of restriction and break down scar tissue, promoting healing and improving range of motion.

How the Graston Technique Works

  1. Assessment: The chiropractor uses the instruments to scan the affected area, feeling for irregularities in the tissue.

  2. Treatment: Once the problem areas are identified, the chiropractor uses the instruments to perform specific massage techniques. This can involve varying pressures and motions to target the affected tissue.

  3. Healing Process: The controlled microtrauma created by the treatment encourages the body to heal naturally by promoting blood flow, reducing inflammation, and increasing collagen production.

 

Benefits of the Graston Technique

  • Pain Reduction: Helps reduce chronic pain by breaking down scar tissue and adhesions.

  • Improved Mobility: Restores range of motion by treating soft tissue restrictions.

  • Enhanced Healing: Stimulates the body's healing process, reducing recovery time.

  • Versatility: Can be used to treat various conditions, including tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, and more.

 

Conditions Treated with Graston Technique

  • Muscle Strains and Sprains: Helps in faster recovery and pain relief.

  • Tendinopathies: Effective for treating chronic tendon issues like tennis elbow or Achilles tendinitis.

  • Fascial Restrictions: Breaks down fascial adhesions that limit movement and cause pain.

  • Post-Surgical Scars: Reduces scar tissue formation and enhances mobility post-surgery.

 

How Chiropractors Use the Graston Technique

  1. Patient Evaluation: Chiropractors start with a thorough evaluation to determine if the Graston Technique is appropriate for the patient’s condition.

  2. Personalized Treatment Plan: Based on the evaluation, a personalized treatment plan is developed.

  3. Instrument-Assisted Therapy: During sessions, the chiropractor uses Graston instruments to treat the affected areas. They may combine this with other chiropractic techniques like adjustments or therapeutic exercises.

  4. Progress Monitoring: Regular assessments are conducted to monitor progress and adjust the treatment plan as needed.

 

By incorporating the Graston Technique, we can effectively treat various musculoskeletal conditions, promoting faster recovery and improving patients' overall quality of life. Click on the button below to get schedule your first appointment.

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