The Graston Technique
The Graston Technique incorporates a patented form of instrument- assisted soft tissue mobilization that enables clinicians to effectively detect and treat scar tissue and restrictions that affect normal function, separates and breaks down collagen cross-links, and splays and stretches connective tissue and muscle fibers, increases skin temperature facilitates reflex changes in the chronic muscle holding pattern, alters spinal reflex activity(facilitated segment), increases the rate and amount of blood flow to and from the area, increases cellular activity in the region, including fibroblasts and mast cells, and increases histamine response secondary to mast cell activity. Historically the Graston technique has resolved 87% or more of all conditions treated. It is equally effective on restoring function to acute and chronic injuries and pre and post surgical patients.
When working with damaged soft tissue and related chronic injuries, Instrument-Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) offers the opportunity to detect restrictions deep in the tissue and treat large and small injury areas. One of the most common and well-established IASTM methods is the Graston Technique® (GT). This patented form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization enables clinicians to effectively detect and treat scar tissue and restrictions that affect normal function.
The Graston Technique® instruments are used to enhance the clinician’s ability to detect adhesions, scar tissue or restrictions in the affected areas. Skilled clinicians use the instruments to comb over and “catch” on fibrotic tissue, which immediately identifies the areas of restriction. Once the tissue has been identified, the instruments are used to break up the scar tissue so it can be flushed from the area and absorbed by the body.
Soft-tissue injuries are common, whether from trauma or repetitive use. These injuries involve damage to ligaments, tendons, muscles, and myofascia. Doctors of chiropractic have long used their hands and fingers to break up adhesions and restrictions, and to promote bloodflow. The additional benefit of using specially-designed instruments increases the positive effects of care to soft tissue damage. At Midway, our chiropractors use this non-invasive treatment to correct issues related to soft tissue pain.
Normally, the creation of scar tissue at an injury site is a beneficial development where the body attempts to isolate and arrest the motion of damaged muscles so proper rebuilding can take place.
In addition to Graston and other instrument-assisted treatments, the role of exercise and movement is very important. By warming the area and using instruments to smooth out scar tissue and adhesions, it frees the body to begin the first-stage healing process. Light exercise and specific stretching keeps the necessary circulation and range of motion from becoming restricted once again.
Graston Technique® has become standard protocol in universities, hospital-based outpatient facilities, athletes around the world. The benefits of instrument-assisted treatments, especially Graston, are many. For further information, read more here.
What are Active Release Techniques?
Active Release Techniques® (ART) is a noninvasive system for treating soft tissue injuries that relies upon targeted, movement-based massage techniques to achieve results. Soft tissue injuries are frequently reoccurring injuries, and they are most often caused by overuse or repetitive activities. Damaged muscles, tendons and ligaments resulting in chronic pain, diminished range of motion and elasticity, and a decrease in oxygen due to diminished blood supply. Through a thorough physical examination, we are able to pinpoint and treat the injured area improve mobility, reduce pain and speed up healing times. Today, ART is used by medical practitioners and athletes around the world.
How Do Active Release Techniques Work?
Over time tissues lose mobility, they become shorter and weaker. Tendonitis and chronic nerve pain may also develop.
Every ART patient has a treatment plan that’s tailored to their needs, using the ART treatment protocol of more than 500 moves that are unique to ART.
Does Kinesio Taping Do?
Kinesio Taping gives support and stability to your joints and muscles without affecting circulation and range of motion. It is also used for Preventive Maintenance, Edema, and to treat pain.
Kinesio Taping is a technique based on the body’s own natural healing process. This Kinesio Taping exhibits its efficacy through the activation of neurological and circulatory systems. This method basically stems from the science of Kinesiology, hence the name “Kinesio”. Muscles are not only attributed to the movements of the body but also control the circulation of venous and lymph flows, body temperature, etc. Therefore, the failure of the muscles to function properly induces various kinds of symptoms.
Consequently, so much attention was given to the importance of muscle function that the idea of treating the muscles in order to activate the body’s own healing process came about. Using an elastic tape, it was discovered that muscles and other tissues could be helped by outside assistance. Employment of Kinesio Taping creates a totally new approach to treating nerves, muscles, and organs. The first application of Kinesio Taping was for a patient with articular disorders.
Today, Kinesio Taping is used by medical practitioners and athletes around the world.
The Kinesio Taping Method is applied over muscles to reduce pain and inflammation, relax overused tired muscles, and to support muscles in movement on a 24hr/day basis. It is non-restrictive type of taping which allows for full range of motion.
In contrast, traditional sports’ taping is wrapped around a joint strictly for stabilization and support during a sporting event obstructing the flow of bodily fluids as an UNDESIRABLE side-effect.
Kinesio Tape is used for anything from headaches to foot problems and everything in between. Examples include: muscular facilitation or inhibition in pediatric patients, carpal tunnel syndrome, lower back strain/pain (subluxations, herniated disc), knee conditions, shoulder conditions, hamstring, groin injury, rotator cuff injury, whiplash, tennis elbow, plantar fasciitis, patella tracking, pre and post surgical edema, ankle sprains, athletic preventative injury method, and as a support method.
For more information read about muscles and Kinesio Concepts.