Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Graston Technique: The benefits and how to achieve similar results at home

Hey Fit Fam,

Went in for an adjustment today at Active Health Chiropractic here in Vegas! During my last visit Dr. Don said I could benefit from some Graston work .. so we added that in to our session today.

I posted a little clip on Instagram .. but it was hard to get a video myself! Next time I'll try to bring my hubs with me so he can play cameraman :)

Let me start off by saying it did not hurt AT ALL. On a scale of 0-10 .. it was literally a zero. My doctor explained that this SHOULD be the case. Maybe not a zero .. but no more than like a 2-3. Many times you see images where people are horribly bruised after getting this done. My doctor explained to me that is NOT the goal. While you may have some redness and some minor bruising .. too much can actual CREATE scar tissue!! The idea is to assist soft tissue mobilization .. so you obviously don't want to do that! He didn't go very deep this first time and will be more aggressive with each treatment. Keep this in mind if you go to someone and they are hurting you really bad or are creating excess bruising.

Here is a little background on Graston Technique. It is a unique, evidence-based form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization that enables clinicians to effectively address scar tissue, fascial restrictions and range of motion.It was originally developed by athletes and is currently used by more than 24,500 clinicians worldwide - including physical and occupational therapists, hand therapists, chiropractors, and athletic trainers.

Here are just a few benefits as a patient of GT:

Decreases overall time of treatment
Fosters faster rehabilitation/recovery
Reduces need for anti-inflammatory medication
Resolves chronic conditions thought to be permanent
Provides an efficient way to maintain optimal range of motion

GT allows a clinician to get as deep into the tissue as necessary to invoke change, yet again, should be sensitive to patient pain and tolerance. As the instruments are moved over the affected area and come in contact with the adhesions, they help break up scar tissue and fascial restrictions. In time, this process will reduce or eliminate the adhered fibers, restoring range of motion and eliminating the associated pain. It will help transform your soft tissue injury into healthy functioning tissue.

Graston Technique is clinically proven to achieve faster and better patient outcomes in treating the following:

Achilles Tendinosis/itis
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Cervical Sprain/Strain (Neck Pain)
Lateral Epicondylosis/itis (Tennis Elbow)
Lumbar Sprain/Strain (Back Pain)
Medial Epicondylosis/itis (Golfer's Elbow)
Patellofemoral Disorders (Knee Pain)
Plantar Fasciitis (Foot Pain)
Rotator Cuff Tendinosis/itis (Shoulder Pain)
Scar Tissue
Shin Splints
Trigger Finger
Women's Health (Post-Mastectomy and Caesarean Scarring)

Here is a great YouTube video with some more information! 

Today Dr. Don focused on my traps, lower back and right forearm/wrist area (we think I may have or am developing some carpal tunnel syndrome in that arm.) By the way .. if you live in the Las Vegas area or are every visiting .. I HIGHLY recommend Active Health. Hands down the BEST chiropractor I've ever been to!

Not ready for Graston? Or want to do some work on yourself at home? Good news for you! There is also a GREAT at home tool that you can use that sort of mimics the results from Graston. While you would NEVER want to do Graston on yourself and ONLY go to someone that is trained/licensed to do so ... this tool is made for self myofascial release at home! It's called the RAD ROD. I have my husband use it on my traps (I can do it myself but get much better results if he does it for me), as well as my shins, quads, hamstrings and forearms! It is A M A Z I N G!! Check out THIS blog for more on Rad Roller products and the ones I love the most! You can use the code StacyM at checkout for $$$$ off!!!


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