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Recover Faster with the Graston Technique

Chiropractors have plenty of techniques they will employ to aid in reparative healing. They utilize both chiropractic and manual manipulation techniques to realize results.

One of the exciting techniques used is a fun-filled form of soft-tissue therapy called Graston.

This is an incredible kind of therapy that help our bodies heal without invasive surgery or medication.

What is the Graston Technique?

The Graston technique is a manual therapy which uses the mobilization of soft tissue and incorporates stainless-steel instruments. The primary pupose of this therapeutic technique is to break down the scar tissue formation, and to stretch the connecting ligaments and muscle fibers, in order to increase the range of motion and ease pain.

As seen above the special instruments used in the Graston technique are in conjunction with a certain form of massage created to help the therapist find areas which might be restricting movement and split up the scar tissue. The stainless steel instruments are concave and convex in shape and are combed over injured tissue.

How does it work?

Cross friction massage (which involves rubbing and brushing against the scar tissues’ grain) is used and the area is gently manipulated. This causes temporary inflammation in that area, which leads to increased flow of blood besides the area.

This process helps your body to heal and invigorates the damaged soft tissues. Patients who undergo this therapy are often expected to have warmed up prior to a session. This may increasingly include gentle therapeutic massage to the involved area first.

During the therapy, low-level lasers, heating pads, or soft-tissue massage may be exploited prior to the injured area to make the soft tissues easier to work with. Then special Graston technique instruments will be utilized to treat the affected areas.

Approximately 30 to 60 seconds is spent treating each area, with the entire practice taking generally 6 to 12 office visits. Following the session, the treated ares is stretched and an ice pack is applied.

What else should I know about the Graston technique?

Graston is known for some distress to be experienced during the procedure. Applying ice is used to easy any discomfort. Prescription medication isn’t usually coordinated with Graston technique treatments.

Stretching and strengthening exercises will be prescribed to be able to aid the technique in rehabilitating the injured tissues and improve overall healing time. Chiropractic adjustments, soft tissue manipulation, cold laser and other treatments could also be used in conjunction with the Graston technique to assist tissues and joints better repair themselves.

Graston technique has been proven to be efficient for the following conditions:

  • Back pain

  • Neck pain

  • Tendinitis

  • Damaged ligaments

  • Sciatica

  • Rotator cuff syndrome

  • Other ligament and joint related issues

This procedure should merely be performed by an accredited chiropractor, because it involves a great deal of training.

To learn more call Affinity Chiropractic at 612 564 5051 to schedule a Consultation.

Affinity Chiropractic is conveniently located at 5100 Thimsen Ave Ste 200, Minnetonka MN 55345

May all of your efforts bring you health, happiness and success.

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Affinity Chiropractic

1017 Mainstreet 

Hopkins, Mn 55343


Phone: (612) 564-5051


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