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Chiropractic Care: The Graston Technique

The Graston technique was developed athlete David Graston. It’s an evidence-based instrument for soft tissue mobilization that allows chiropractors to diagnostically follow the kinetic chain to locate and treat the underlying cause of pain. Its specifically designed set of six stainless steel metal instruments detect areas of chronic inflammation, break up fascial restrictions and help heal scar tissue adhesions. It’s proven effective for Achilles tendinosis, lumbar sprains, cervical strains, tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, trigger points, headaches and more.  For patients, the Graston technique enhances recovery, decreases the overall time of treatment, resolves chronic conditions and reduces the need for anti-inflammatory medications. It’s a popular method in chiropractic care treatment plans.

The Graston technique was developed based on the idea that injured tissue develops abnormalities as it heals, which impairs normal function. The structural changes in tissues affected by injuries is well-documented, such as the formation of scar tissue in muscle injuries and collagen fibers of the Achilles tendon. The Gratson curved metal tools are used to apply pressure and friction across injured areas, such as tendons and muscles. It’s the mechanical force that helps prevent abnormalities from developing during the healing process.

Back to Health Center: Your Chiropractor in Alexandria

At Back to Health Center, we’re your chiropractor in Alexandria who uses the Graston technique for all forms of acute and chronic soft tissue injuries due to sports, workplace accidents, slip and falls and chronic repetitive strain injuries. The Graston technique helps strengthen the injured tissue and restore it to its original state. We also use the Graston technique in combination with other soft tissue therapies and other forms of chiropractic care. It is not a cookie-cutter treatment approach, and we design this treatment to meet your unique needs. Other forms of chiropractic care can be used in conjunction with the Graston technique, greater physical outcome is optimized.

Our cold laser therapy is a good fit with the Graston technique. While the Graston technique is designed to break down scar tissue and release adhesions, cold laser therapy stimulates the cells to generate more proteins to enhance healing. It’s the ideal adjunct treatment for the Graston technique. And by incorporating sports massage into the Graston treatment plan, athletes can recover quicker from injuries and relieve muscle tension. We also integrate deep tissue massage with the Graston technique. The benefits of deep tissue massage are many, including improved flexibility, reduction in pain and improved circulation for faster healing. Depending on your injury, we may also recommend spinal adjustments to reduce pain and improve overall function.

At Back to Health Center, we implement a multi-faceted treatment plan when using the Graston technique. All of our treatment modalities work synergistically to maximize healing and recovery. If you’re suffering from a soft tissue injury, the Graston technique just may be the solution. Call us today and schedule an appointment.

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..I am extremely grateful for the outstanding care that I receive from Dr. Shara, and I highly recommend the Back to Health Center to anyone who is interested in improving their health through high quality care.

Pam V
Alexandria, VA

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