Sunday, February 26, 2012

Cutting Edge Treatment You May Benefit From

Chiropractic adjustments of the spine and extremities can provide amazing results for injuries, pain, illness, and disease.  It has always been our goal to provide quality natural health care.  To meet this goal we believe integrations of many techniques to complement adjustments will provide this exclusive care.  
One of these techniques we utilize and have seen amazing results with over and over is  one that is performed by very few practitioners in central Ohio.  We are the only office in north east central Ohio offering this cutting edge care.  This technique I’m raving about is called Graston.  
Graston is an instrument-assisted soft tissue technique used to detect, diagnose and treat fibrous adhesion found in muscles, ligaments, tendons, and fascia (thin covering over muscles).  These fibrous adhesions, if left untreated will cause decreased flexibility and range of motion and will weaken muscles and joints, increasing the risk of further injury and pain.  The Graston Technique is an extremely effective method to treat these adhesions.  Many times there is instantaneous results.  We truly believe that if Dr. Greg had access to this treatment when he was a college baseball pitcher and began to have shoulder pain, it would have prevented him from tearing his rotator cuff and the resulting surgery, long recovery period and loss of a year of play time.  We are ecstatic to offer this treatment to our patients!  It is invaluable to our athletes but isn’t just for athletes either.  Many other’s can also benefit from Graston.  To explain further how Graston works, read these examples below.  Which category do you fit into?
Scenario 1:  
The Spring Cleaner.  Let’s say you decide to do some spring cleaning and you haven’t been as active as you should have this winter.  You may be reaching, lifting,  or scrubbing in hard-to-reach areas and the next morning you wake up with a sore  shoulder.  Most likely small micro-tears have occurred in the the shoulder musculature.  Graston will help alleviate the soreness, minimize scar tissue build up, and prevent loss of flexibility and strength.
Scenario 2:  
The Runner.  Maybe you are a runner and you are going for a morning run.  It is a chilly morning and you hit snooze a few times so you decide to skip the warm-up and jump right into a fast pace.  A few minutes in you feel sever pain, and are stopped in your tracks.  You just pulled your hamstring, ouch!  A large inflammatory response sets in causing pain and swelling.  The body is trying to repair.  Initially, Graston can be used during this acute phase to help mobilize the inflammation and swelling.  A few days later Graston will be very helpful to help prevent adhesions and significant scar tissue formation as the body repairs the damaged muscle.  Graston will assist in the proper “laying down” of collagen in parallel rather than if a disorganized fibrous bundle.  This will allow for smooth muscle contraction and faster recovery.
Scenario 3:  
The Procrastinator.  This last group probably makes up the majority of Americans.  This is the person who either experienced scenario 1 or 2 or both and did nothing or maybe you used some ice (or worse, heat) and an over the counter and hoped for the best.  In this case much time has passed and there are significant fibrous adhesions and scar tissue build-up already causing reduced or painful range of motion, weakness, and possibly even further injury to the same area or other area’s from trying to compensate.   If you are the procrastinator the good news is that Graston can still help out a lot.  The down side is that you should expect it to take longer and additional soft tissue treatments may need to be used in conjunction with the Graston to achieve the best results.  
What is great is that Graston can really provide amazing results for all of these situations.  
A sampling of common conditions Graston relives:
  • Carpal Tunnel
  • Plantar Fascitis (foot pain)
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Rotator cuff injury
  • Knee injuries
  • Trigger points
  • Tendonitis
  • Morton’s Neuroma 

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