What is the Graston Technique?
Soft tissue injuries, like strains and sprains, can be excruciating. They also impede your everyday quality of life. A sprained ankle can hamper your mobility, for example, while a strained shoulder can make driving challenging.
The Graston Technique is an innovative solution for speeding the healing of such soft tissue injuries.
How the Graston Technique Works
The Graston Technique uses specialized handheld instruments to massage the soft tissues. The tools are stainless steel, with different convex and concave shapes. They aren't sharp (they have rounded edges), and the procedure itself can be moderately uncomfortable.
A chiropractor uses these handheld tools to scan the damaged area and detect injured, fibrous tissues. They then apply cross-friction massage, rubbing against the scar tissue. The aim is to break up the scar tissue and increase circulation to the area, encouraging the body to heal itself more rapidly.
Depending on the type of injury being treated, your chiropractor may combine Graston therapy with other chiropractic treatments. Manual massage can further stimulate blood flow to injured soft tissues, for example, alleviating discomfort and supporting recovery.
What the Graston Technique Is Used For
You might seek treatment for a soft tissue injury following a workplace accident, sports trauma, or car crash, to name just a few reasons. Graston therapy can treat both chronic and acute issues and is used to speed soft tissue healing after surgery, getting patients on their feet more quickly.
The Graston Technique can help treat an array of injuries, including:
- heel and foot pain
- carpal tunnel syndrome
- plantar fasciitis
- wrist and elbow strains
- frozen shoulder
If you are suffering from any of these ailments, the Graston Technique can speed healing and minimize pain. It's also an all-natural solution and can reduce the need for pharmaceutical pain medication. For patients concerned about prescription medication dependence, this is considered a significant benefit.
The Graston Technique in Seattle, Washington
If you are interested in experiencing the Graston Technique's benefits, head to Eastlake Chiropractic and Massage Center. Dr. Kamell is a chiropractor certified in Graston therapy. He has helped countless patients recover from soft tissue injuries using this cutting-edge treatment.
Call us at (206) 324-8600 to book an appointment.