Over the past several years, the Graston Technique has grown in popularity, particularly among athletic communities. The same process that is so effective with sports-related issues can provide benefits to non-athletes. Our chiropractor at Bafford Spine and Nutrition, in Newark, OH, uses a variety of treatment modalities to provide pain relief, including the Graston Technique.
What is the Graston Technique?
The Graston Technique is a manual therapy used for the mobilization of soft tissues. A series of specially designed tools are used to locate and treat the muscle knots, fibrous, and scar tissue that results in discomfort and reduced mobility.
These irritations trigger the body’s natural inflammation response. Application of the Graston Technique results in increased blood flow as well as releasing restorative hormones being directed to the area. The technique encourages new tissue growth with a preferred tension and fiber direction.
What Does the Graston Technique Treat?
This technique can be used to treat a variety of conditions. The Graston Technique is used for treating Tendonitis, muscle strain, plantar fasciitis, tennis/golf elbow, and fracture pains. It has even been used to treat chronic conditions that have previously been accepted as permanent.
The Purpose of the Instruments
A chiropractor’s hands can only perform so much work for so long. Because of the effort put into the mobilization of the tissue, stainless steel tools are used to get optimal results. These tools are designed to detect the problem areas beneath the surface of the skin, as well as penetrate to the problem area for targeted impact. This helps prevent the inflammation response from being triggered over too wide of an area, which may reduce the impact intended.
The Benefits of the Graston Technique
- Improved recovery time
- Improved mobility
- Reduced pain
- Reduced use of anti-inflammatory medication
- Improvement in chronic conditions
What To Expect
Most people can perform their everyday tasks at home or work. After each session, the area will need to be iced down. You will be expected to perform a few routine stretches or other exercises between your appointments to supplement the treatments. Most patients see results within three to four weeks.
Contact Our Chiropractor in Newark, OH
If you would like to learn more about the Graston Technique, or how our chiropractor uses it as part of a treatment plan, call our team today at (740) 366-5599 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.