The Graston Technique utilizes effective instruments that chiropractors use to help break up myofascial adhesions. Using stainless steel instruments, trained professionals can perform what is essentially a highly targeted and intense deep tissue therapy. This new, controlled inflammation, helps to increase blood-flow and promote the healing process.
As chiropractors, we are analyzing the spine for the overall structure. Essentially, we are looking to see where the joints are strong, weak, and imbalanced. We know that when the spine is restricted it can interfere with the body’s ability to heal itself. Whether someone has spinal dysfunction in their neck or their lower back, it can cause a great number of problems. For example, seemingly straightforward problems like neck pain can also cause numbness in the arm. If the problem is in the lower back it can cause sciatic-like pain which is sharp pains in the leg.
The chiropractic field focuses on a non-drug approach, so we mostly rely on our hands to adjust the vertebrae gently. We help to balance the nervous system. A chiropractic adjustment is paramount when it comes to improving patient outcomes. However, once we introduce the soft tissue component is when we achieve the best possible results. In addition, we see shorter recovery times and long-lasting results.
At Truspine, we incorporate chiropractic adjustments with soft tissue therapy and exercises. One of which is Graston Technique. The effects are almost immediate. Within 2 to 3 visits we are seeing positive results for some of the most complex conditions.
The Graston Technique may be used to treat acute and chronic conditions such as:
For example, if someone has shoulder pain it is important to not only look at the shoulder. The pain may be stemming from the neck due to a restriction in the cervical spine. After properly adjusting the spine we look to other symptoms. We know that when the spine has restrictions it can cause traveling pain into the shoulders at times. Now, this pain can present as numbness, tingling or weakness in the shoulder. Specifically, there is an appendicular nerve that moves through the brachial plexus and when pinched it causes weakness and tingling. Once, nerve irritation is ruled out we look to the muscles, tendons, and ligaments. This is where Graston Technique is performed for best outcomes.
Considerations When Using the Graston Technique
Some people experience only mild discomfort throughout treatment with the Graston technique. However, many individuals do find the process somewhat painful as increased pressure is applied with the instruments.
Common side effects of the procedure include bruising, redness and soreness in the days following the procedure. Don’t be afraid to communicate with your physician throughout the procedure; the Graston technique can be adjusted and pressure reduced depending on a patient’s unique needs.
Most people undergo Graston therapy for a period of four to six weeks and with a frequency of once or twice a week. Graston therapy may be covered by your insurance provider.
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