Have you ever had a chronically nagging injury that is stressful and painful to deal with?
When you engage in active sports the possibility of getting soft injuries is relatively high. Although most people recover quickly, at times, you may develop a chronic injury in the soft tissues known as scar tissue; overall this affects the recovery process. Scar tissue usually does not present with pain in the early stages but limits range of motion due its negative impact on sensory motor firing rates and frequencies. Abnormal sensory inputs perpetuate a dysfunctional cycle of nervous system sensitization, pain and dysfunctional movement/motor output. Graston technique offers a positive method of manual therapy that interrupts and breaks this cycle of pain and dysfunctional movement. There are various soft tissue techniques available to address these injuries, but Graston Technique has been the most effective in breaking up scar tissue and breaking the cycle of pain.
What is Graston Therapy?
Graston technique is a patented Instrument-Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization that uses six specialized stainless steel instruments that enables clinicians to effectively and efficiently address soft tissue lesions and fascial restrictions resulting in improved patient outcomes. Graston technique breaks down the scar tissue, increases blood flow to promote healing, increases cellular activity and histamine response, facilitates reflex change, stretches the connective tissues to reduce restriction and ultimately reduces the pain felt by the vicious inflammatory cycle.
At Centennial Wellness, we combine Graston Therapy with appropriate exercises and stretches to restore movement and function.
- Helps to detect muscle restriction
With the specifically designed instruments, our practitioners can detect and treat areas that have restrictions in movement. These instruments glide through your muscles, ligaments, or tendons with the right amount of pressure to detect the location of the scar tissue and restriction. Once detected a gentle pressure is applied to break the tissue and ease the restriction.
- Reduction in treatment time
The therapy requires two treatments a week for a maximum of five weeks, although most patients report pain relief within two to three treatments. You can easily resume your normal activities after the second treatment.
- Reduction in the use of anti-inflammatory medication (NSAID’s)
Inflammation is important to the healing process of an injury without it, healing will be impaired. Inflammation is evidenced by swelling, pain, redness, and heat. Although using Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs can ease the pain, it does disrupt the inflammatory phase, which is important to the healing process. Inflammation also facilitates soft tissue repair and regeneration. With Graston Therapy, you can reduce your dependence on these drugs to ease the pain.
What to Expect After the Graston Therapy?
After the treatment, the therapist will give you certain exercises and stretches to do at home. These exercises can help release scar tissue restriction and hasten the treatment.
However, the therapy has some side effects such as:
- Bruising due to skin manipulation, but you can ease the pain with ice therapy
- Soreness and discomfort are also common, especially after the first treatment. However, don’t be alarmed; this is an indication that the restrictions have been released. The soreness clears after 48 to 72 hours can be helped with stretching and ice therapy.
During the treatment, it is recommended you take enough water to promote hydration and proper healing.
Don’t Stay in Pain
Soft tissue injuries are common and can occur at any time, and when they do, getting proper treatment is crucial to prevent any further complications. Our goal at Centennial Wellness is to get you moving faster and pain free.