In the healing process our body attempts to repair muscles, tendons, and ligaments with scar tissue, much like the scar that forms on the skin when you have scraped or banged your knee. As you can
imagine, that scar tissue is not as strong and flexible as normal,
healthy, undamaged tissue. Over time we can have a build up of this
fibrous scar tissue, particularly in the muscles, tendons, and ligaments
that get a lot of use. This can lead to pain and dysfunction because
this replacement tissue lacks the strength and flexibility of healthy
tissue (in some areas it may even mat down and entrap a nerve).
The Graston Technique® allows Dr. Elizabeth to better detect and treat these areas because it uses a stainless steel instrument that glides along a patient's muscle, tendons, or ligaments and acts like a scar tissue stethoscope. When knots or bands of scar tissue are encountered, both the doctor and the patient sense a restriction or a granular feeling. The instrument can then be used to break up this restriction or adhesion. Stretching exercises are then used to promote re-alignment of the fibers so that they behave more like normal, healthy tissue.
The benefit of the Graston Technique® is not only in detection of restrictions or adhesions, but also in the amount of improvement that takes place in a short amount of time. Unfortunately, the unaided hand is hard pressed to detect and break up as much scar tissue as the stainless steel instruments can. When the Graston Technique® is coupled with the necessary strengthening, and stretching exercises, it provides a great aid to the chiropractic adjustment and the patient gets better much quicker and more completely.
The Graston Technique® instruments, while enhancing the clinician's ability to detect fascial adhesions and restrictions, have been clinically proven to achieve quicker and better outcomes in treating both acute and chronic conditions, including:
|Achilles Tendinitis/osis (ankle pain)||Carpal Tunnel Syndrome|
|Cervical Sprain/Strain (neck pain)||Fibromyalgia|
|Lateral Epicondylitis (tennis elbow)||Lumbar Sprain/Strain (back pain)|
|Medial Epicondylitis/osis (golfer's elbow)||Patellofemoral Disorders (knee pain)|
|Plantar Fasciitis/osis (foot pain)||Rotator Cuff Tendinitis/osis (shoulder pain)|
|Scar Tissue||Shin Splints|
For more information, go to www.GrastonTechnique.com.