Graston Q & A
What is the Graston Technique?
The Graston Technique is a form of soft-tissue mobilization that uses specialized instruments to gently massage and lightly scrape the skin. These targeted maneuvers help expose soft-tissue restrictions and tight connective tissue, making it easier for your provider to break down scar tissue, abnormal densities, and more.
Which types of pain can the Graston Technique treat?
Dr. Vickers and his team use the Graston Technique to treat a variety of acute and chronic pain-related conditions, including:
- Spinal problems
- Knee injuries
- Back pain
- Ankle problems
- Tennis elbow
- Golfer’s elbow
- IT band syndrome
- Achilles tendinosis
- Rotator cuff injuries
- Plantar fasciitis
- Muscle strain
- Neck pain
By breaking up abnormal tissue densities, the Graston Technique can help stimulate the body’s natural healing process.
What are the benefits of the Graston Technique?
Your body is comprised of muscles, fascia, ligaments, and tendons. Any injury to these soft tissues can amplify your pain and slow the healing process. Over time, even a simple muscle strain can lead to dysfunctional tissue, resulting in chronic pain.
The Graston Technique breaks up these areas of abnormal tissue density to reduce pain and inflammation while improving flexibility. Some of the most common benefits of the Graston Technique are that it:
- Reduces the need for pain medication
- Treats chronic pain conditions
- Aids in overall rehabilitation and recovery
- Decreases treatment time
- Improves flexibility and mobility
In most cases, Allied Healthcare, LLC, recommends the Graston Technique as part of a comprehensive rehabilitation program that includes other forms of physical therapy.
How does the Graston Technique work?
There are six stainless steel tools used in the Graston Technique that help Dr. Vickers identify and treat dysfunctional tissue. The instruments are concave and rounded at the edges, so they won’t feel sharp against your skin.
Dr. Vickers uses these tools to gently massage against the grain of your soft tissues, which causes inflammation in areas containing scar tissue. This increases blood flow to the area to stimulate the body’s healing process.
When performed by a certified chiropractor like Dr. Vickers, the Graston Technique can effectively heal injured tissues and prevent future injuries by improving elasticity and flexibility.
For more information on the Graston Technique, call Allied Healthcare, LLC, or schedule an appointment online.