If you have suffered from a sporting injury, there are a number of different therapies that you may be recommended to try. One of these is a chiropractic technique known as the Graston technique. Chances are, you probably haven’t heard of it before, so here is everything you need to know, including the conditions that the Graston technique can treat.
The Graston technique, also sometimes known as soft-tissue instrument-assisted mobilization, is a manual therapy technique that is applied during chiropractic treatment. However, as its name suggests, unlike many other chiropractic techniques, it doesn’t involve only the use of the hands. Instead, six, stainless steel instruments are used in combination with a specialized form of massage to produce a therapeutic effect.
The instruments used in the Graston technique may sound severe, but each has a carefully rounded edge so that pressure that is placed on the body using them without breaking the skin. The technique first involves the instruments being run over the skin in order to identify any knots, which will then be worked on using the treatment. Patients can expect the muscles to be scraped using the instruments. This helps to stimulate blood flow, which is integral to rapid and successful healing as when circulation increases, oxygenated blood, and nutrients can reach the areas requiring them. Other benefits include a reduction in swelling and inflammation, as well as discomfort that you may be experiencing. Any metabolic waste can also be metabolized by the body more effectively, improving overall health.
Used in conjunction with massage therapy, the Graston technique stretches and relaxes the muscles, eliminating knots and breaking down any scar tissue that may have formed at the site of the injury. By using the Graston Technique to break down the scar tissue and other tightness caused by soft tissue trauma, your practitioner is able to reduce the pain you are experiencing, as well as improving your mobility – something which is crucial when recovering from a sporting injury.
Used as part of a chiropractic treatment program, the Graston technique can repair and strengthen your muscles so that you can benefit from a stronger body after enjoying a faster, easier recovery.
The Graston Technique can be successfully used to treat a broad range of musculoskeletal issues. However, it is particularly beneficial for the treatment of certain acute and chronic conditions, many of which are common in both amateur and professional athletes. These include the following:
Carpal tunnel syndrome
Heel pain (Achilles Tendinitis)
Rotator Cuff Tendinitis
Neck pain (Cervical strain)
Lower back muscle sprain or strain
IT band syndrome
If you have been diagnosed with any of these conditions, the Graston technique can provide you with a drug-free alternative to conventional medical treatment. Many patients find that regular chiropractic care enables them to make a full recovery and so that they can get back to doing the activities that they most enjoy.
For more information about the Graston technique, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our knowledgeable chiropractic team.