When soft tissue undergoes trauma, it’s likely to form scar tissue. This scar tissue can cause all types of problems for patients, including chronic pain and reduced range of motion. Breaking down scar tissue is important for restoring blood flow to healing areas and for promoting a full range of motion during and after healing.
Introducing the Graston Technique
The Graston Technique is one of the most useful and prominent methodologies chiropractors can use to break down scar tissue and restore a patient’s range of motion.
When using the Graston technique, chiropractors rearrange the soft tissue in question to promote healing and improved flexibility. This technique uses a series of six tools that the chiropractor will implement during treatment. These tools, made of stainless steel, help the practitioner identify and break down areas of fibrotic tissue.
Benefits of the Graston Technique
If you’re looking for a new modality to use to help your patients regain their range of motion or improve their quality of life, consider implementing the Graston Technique at your practice. While research on its effectiveness is sparse, anecdotal evidence suggests several benefits, including:
- Reduced need for medication: The Graston Technique is a natural way to address scarred soft tissue. After several sessions, this can reduce a patient’s need for anti-inflammatory drugs, as well as pain killers. It’s a lower-risk treatment for relief than prescription medications.
- Improved range of motion: Once scar tissue is broken down, chiropractors can use the Graston Technique to stretch and pull soft tissue, realigning it over time. This improves a patient’s range of motion and helps them regain proper movement, muscle support, and form.
- Reduced pain: Another key benefit of the Graston Technique is that it reduces pain in a natural and non-invasive manner. Many patients seek out chiropractors offering this treatment because of its reputation for alleviating pain formerly diagnosed as chronic.
Here’s how it works
During treatment, the practitioner will engage in a cross-friction massage, rubbing against the grain of the scar tissue. Then, they will slowly reintroduce trauma to the area. The goal of reintroducing slight amounts of trauma is to draw blood to the region; this will facilitate faster, more effective healing.
During and directly after receiving Graston Technique treatments, patients may experience slightly elevated levels of pain and inflammation. It’s important to realize this is part of the treatment and completely normal.
The Graston Technique’s place in CBP
The Graston Technique is often used by chiropractors relying on a Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) approach. This is because it’s advisable to prescribe a series of sessions for patients when using this technique. Some patients report marked improvements in their pain and overall condition after more treatments.
If you’re looking for ways to improve your patient care and enhance your patient outcomes, find the next Chiropractic BioPhysics seminar near you. We’ll discuss how the Graston Technique and others can be best utilized as part of an ongoing return to spinal wellness.
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