What happens at an appointment?
Upon starting treatment, a patient will be asked to do a quick cardiovascular workout, such as riding a stationary bike or using a treadmill. This helps warm the body so the tissue is easier to work on and is more comfortable to the patient. Once the body is warm, the healthcare professional, typically a chiropractor, will rub the injured area with an instrument. The purpose of using the instrument as opposed to bare hands is to be able to deliver a more precise, calculated massage technique. It is common for a patient to feel sensitivity during the procedure because the instrument is helping to stretch the connective tissue.
What happens after an appointment?
Since the healthcare professional is literally breaking up damaged tissue throughout the body, it is normal for patients to feel sore, bruised or have small red dots over the treated area (called petechiae). Patients may want ice the area for 20 minutes to ease the discomfort. In addition to this type of treatment, patients usually start an exercise program to strengthen the injured area.
What Injuries can the Graston Technique treat?
Any injury that causes scar tissue to build up has the potential of being treated by the Graston Technique. These acute and chronic conditions include:
The Graston Technique is one of many types of manual therapy. If you suffer from chronic pain or another condition due to an injury, you may benefit from this treatment. The best way to find out is to make an appointment with a chiropractor for evaluation.