Using the Graston Technique® to Relieve Pain and Stiffness
Most of us, at some time in our lives, will suffer tissue damage from a sports injury, personal injury, surgical procedure or other incident. Normally, this tissue heals and the injured body part regains its previous functionality, but sometimes scar tissue gets in the way of that. Fortunately, our Westminster chiropractic team at Lifetime Health and Wellness can help, thanks to a treatment method known as the Graston Technique®.
Internal scar tissue is not necessarily a bad thing; in fact, scar tissue can play a valuable role in temporarily immobilizing the muscle, tendons or ligaments at an injury site while the damage repairs itself. Unfortunately, this buildup can get out of hand, and when it does, large collections of scar tissue called adhesions occur. Adhesions cause adjoining muscles or connective tissues to get stuck together, making it impossible for the injured body part to recover its freedom of motion and frequently causing chronic pain in the area. Adhesions can lie at the root of many common musculoskeletal chronic pain disorders including carpal tunnel syndrome, knee stiffness, tennis elbow and golf elbow.
The Graston Technique® was originally developed to treat athletes recovering from injuries, but anyone with adhesions can benefit from it. Special metal instruments run along the injured body part enable us to feel tiny but unmistakable signs of adhesions underneath the skin. We then rub the area firmly with the specialized instruments to break up the adhesion. This procedure may not be painless -- but it can give you relief from years of chronic pain.
Ask Our Chiropractor for An Evaluation
If you have been dealing with an old personal injury that never quite resolved itself, or you have chronic pain and stiffness in a particular joint, have our chiropractor perform a thorough evaluation. If we find evidence of adhesions, then there is a good chance that the Graston Technique® can undo that old scarring and restore full, pain-free mobility.
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