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Posted on 05-15-2018

The Graston Technique Explained by our West Los Angeles Chiropractor

Man suffering from shoulder pain at his desk

If you have suffered a soft tissue injury, you may find your recovery hampered by scarring and fascia restrictions. In these cases, bone manipulation usually doesn't do much to help. This is when your chiropractor may recommend Graston Technique treatment.

What Is the Graston Technique and How Does it Help?

Technically, it is a form of a wider type of therapy known as instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM). It aims to break up scar tissue, stretch restricted areas, and realign the various layers of soft tissue in the treated area.

The main ways this helps patients is by reducing pain and improving mobility. Often, pain in the soft tissues is caused by these tissues' motion being interfered with by thick, non-yielding scar tissue, areas of reduced stretch ability, and the resistance of these tissues to attempts to expand them.

What Does a Graston Technique Session Involve?

The Graston Technique involves using stainless steel instruments to apply pressure to the targeted tissues. Typically, the instruments are slid over the area either along with or against the grain of the muscles to either break up scar tissue or encourage the tissues to lengthen.

Before your appointment, your chiropractor may advise you to do 5 minutes of cardiovascular activity such as walking on a treadmill. Once you're at the office, you may also be given an ultrasound or heat treatment to further warm your tissues. The area will then be treated using the Graston Technique instruments. You may feel some discomfort during the process. Each specific area is only treated for 30 to 60 seconds, though, so it should be bearable.

After treatment, you may be sore, get red spots on your skin, and even have some bruises. Using ice packs after treatment for about 20 minutes can ease the discomfort. An exercise program will likely be recommended to help you retain and improve on the results of the treatment.

Come See if The Graston Technique is Right For You?

To be evaluated for Graston Technique treatments, call us at Joga Chiropractic Center and make an appointment with our chiropractor in West Los Angeles. We serve West L.A., Playa Del Rey, and Culver City. Give us a call today at 424-800-2488.

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