Soft tissue problems are at the root of many issues patients have with their aching legs, neck, and back, and the Graston Technique helps relieve this pain and discomfort in a somewhat counterintuitive way.
Using stainless steel instruments, practitioners like Dr. Mohr, a Tampa chiropractor, rub the tools in a certain way against the skin to help break down the scar tissue which then promotes healing.
The tools used in this process are unique in that they help identify the source and location of the scar tissue, as well as helping to break it down in this relatively new method of soft tissue mobilization.
Since most of the surface area of your back is made up of muscles, it’s easy for a relatively small strain or other muscle issue to wreak havoc on your overall comfort and mobility.
When strains and tears heal on their own, scar tissue is formed, which isn’t painful, but can be much more stiff than the tissue you had before, resulting in movement restrictions that could lead to more imbalances and pain.
With the Graston Technique, not only is this scar tissue separated and broken down, it also helps lengthen connective tissues and muscle fibers in the surrounding area.
The reason this technique may seem counterintuitive is because by rubbing against the grain of the injured fibrotic tissue, your chiropractor is actually inducing another small amount of trauma to the area.
This micro-trauma, however, brings with it inflammation that leads to increased blood flow, initiating and promoting the healing process.
Though it may look rather simple, it’s certainly not as easy as just rubbing the steel tools along your body. To even be able to use this technique, chiropractors like Dr. Mohr in Tampa, undergo hours or training to learn the ins and outs of all the specific strokes and condition-specific techniques.
The training program is usually broken up into two learning modules, one 12-hour course and one 14-hour course, covering a variety of research material and hands-on training.
Your First Graston Technique Treatment
The thought of any stainless steel tools invokes fear in the hearts of many, but you’ll see there’s nothing to be worried about as we walk you through a typical visit that includes the Graston Technique.
Prior to your appointment, it’s usually a good idea to do just a few minutes of light exercise (consult your doctor first). Whether it’s just a 5-minute walk, some jumping jacks, or a light jog, getting your body warmed up and blood flowing can help warm up the soft tissue, making it easier to work with.
The chiropractor will scan the Graston tool across your body by gently rubbing until it “catches” on the affected tissue, at which point he will spend 30-60 seconds rubbing slightly harder with specific techniques to break the area up and promote the healing process.
For your first treatment, it may be slightly uncomfortable, just like your first good deep tissue massage, but you will probably agree that the 30-60 seconds is worth the potential benefits. You may also experience some bruising in the treated areas, which should lessen with each treatment.
As with any treatment, your chiropractor will walk you through the Graston Technique and determine if it will be an effective treatment for your condition, among the variety of other healing methods at his disposal.
|This Technique enhances the clinician’s ability to detect fascial adhesions and restrictions. Has also been clinically proven to achieve quicker and better outcomes in treating both acute and chronic conditions.
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