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If you're currently plagued by pain and stiffness, you may have been told that a method known as Graston Technique might ease your symptoms. But how does this form of soft tissue manipulation work, and what can it really do for you? Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions on the subject here at Gremmels Chiropractic Center Inc.
Graston Technique is an instrument-based method for freeing up soft tissues that have been immobilized by the accumulation of scar tissue. These collections of scar tissue, often the byproducts of old injuries, can "glue adjoining tissues to each other, painfully limiting your range of motion.
Graston Technique makes use of specialized metal handheld tools. As our chiropractor gently runs the tools along the body, the tools will "catch" on areas where scar tissue has formed, guiding us to the underlying cause of your pain.
How does your chiropractor treat my condition using Graston Technique? The same tools used to detect scar tissue can also be used to break that scar tissue up. Our chiropractor rubs the tool over the area of scar tissue to release the tissue trapped underneath it. Larger surrounding areas may also be manipulated to treat any less-obvious scar tissue accumulations.
You may experience a little discomfort and bruising from a typical Graston treatment, although our chiropractor can modify the amount of pressure at your request. The treatment area is usually stretched and iced afterward. Five or six may be prescribed over several weeks to convey the full benefits of this technique -- but you may notice significant relief from your condition about halfway through the treatment cycle.
We may recommend Graston Technique for a variety of soft tissue conditions. Examples include carpal tunnel syndrome, iliotibial band syndrome, plantar fasciitis, tennis elbow, golfer's elbow, Achilles tendonitis, back pain and neck pain. It can even prove useful for chronic pain syndromes such as fibromyalgia.
Graston Technique makes a natural partner for other types of non-invasive musculoskeletal treatment, including chiropractic adjustment. Mobilizing trapped tissues permits more comfortable and effective chiropractic adjustment sessions. It also naturally complements treatment to heal and loosen muscles, such as massage therapy and injury rehabilitation programs.
Are you ready to lose that nagging pain and stiffness once and for all? Learn more about Graston Technique by calling our Birmingham AL chiropractor at (205) 854-3008!