We’re Excited about the Graston Technique

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A new addition to our clinic is the Graston Technique®. Many of you may have seen the metal tools sitting in the treatment room, and although they have an intimidating appearance they actually treat tissue with less pain than some deep tissue massages. Why are Dr. Fox and Dr. Young so excited about the Graston Technique? These tools are useful in treating both acute and chronic conditions. Here are just a few examples of the things Graston can treat:

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  • Cervical sprain/ strain
  • (neck pain) Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • (wrist pain) Lateral
  • Epicondylitis (tennis elbow)
  • Rotator Cuff Tendinitis
  • (shoulder pain) Achilles Tendinitis
  • (ankle pain) Scar Tissue
  • Shin Splints
  • Decrease in Chronic Pain
  • Lumbar sprain/ strain
  • (back pain)
  • Plantar Fasciitis (foot pain)
  • Medial Epicondylitis
  • (golfer’s elbow) Patellofemoral Disorders
  • (knee pain) Fibromyalgia Trigger Finger

How long will it take to heal? And, when can I begin to exercise?
Graston is able to speed healing time and allows you to maintain a light to moderate activity level without future injury.

How does it work?
Below is some of the more recent research on Graston that explains its exciting benefits:

Research conducted by Graston Technique trained clinicians at Ball Memorial Hospital and Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, found that the controlled micro trauma induced through Graston Technique protocol increased the amount of fibroblasts to the treated area. That amount of inflammation to the scar tissue helps initiate the healing cascade. The structure of the tissue is rearranged, and damaged tissue is replaced by new tissue. Ice is then applied to reduce the pain and exercise is implemented to increase function and range of motion.

What you can expect from a Graston treatment is a mild amount of swelling over the treated area, followed by a decrease of pain and increased amount of motion to the muscle, ligament or injured tissue. Some patients are generally more sore immediately following a treatment, but by following up with ice for 15 minutes some of that soreness goes away.

If you have been struggling with chronic pain, a weak ankle, or know a friend or family member that has some of these issues, you can call our office to determine if this technique is right for you.

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