At Urban Chiropractic, we use the Graston Technique, a unique form of therapy that is revolutionizing manual treatments in the chiropractic setting. Often referred to as soft-tissue instrument-assisted mobilization, the Graston Technique encompasses an innovative approach to healing by employing specially designed instruments and a specialized form of massage or scraping action on the skin. The key objective of this therapy is to alleviate pain and improve function. This is achieved through a well-coordinated fusion of multiple therapeutic mechanisms such as breaking down scar tissue, stretching connective tissue to structurally rearrange soft tissue, and facilitating a healing environment that supports the recovery of injured soft tissue.
The first therapeutic element is the breakdown of scar tissue. Over time, the body’s natural healing process can result in the accumulation of scar tissue which, while part of a healthy recovery, can sometimes lead to discomfort and impede functionality. The unique design of the Graston Technique instruments allows us to apply targeted pressure to these problematic areas. The resulting mechanical force promotes the breakdown of this scar tissue, facilitating improved mobility and less discomfort for the patient.
The second key mechanism of the Graston Technique involves the stretching and realignment of connective tissues. Connective tissues, including ligaments and tendons, play crucial roles in the body’s mobility and stability. However, injuries or chronic conditions can disrupt their proper alignment and elasticity, often resulting in pain or limited movement. We manipulate these tissues to reestablish their structure. By rearranging the soft tissue and restoring its intended configuration, we can enhance function and flexibility, thereby reducing pain.
Lastly, the Graston Technique promotes a healing environment conducive to the recovery of injured soft tissue. One way it does this is by stimulating blood flow to the targeted area. With the scraping technique, the local inflammation process is triggered, increasing blood flow and bringing essential nutrients and growth factors to the area. This fosters a favorable environment for the body to repair the damaged tissue, boosting its natural healing processes.
A variety of indications call for the application of the Graston Technique. It is commonly used to treat conditions like carpal tunnel syndrome, back pain, fibromyalgia, and plantar fasciitis. Moreover, it can also help with recovery from athletic injuries, such as sprains and strains. However, not all conditions are suitable for this technique, and we are careful to evaluate each patient’s specific situation before initiating treatment.