A muscle with restriction as a result of adhesion or scar tissue that has been laid down during injury or overuse can become very problematic. Think of the muscle as a rubber band. Much like a rubber band, a muscle must be able to stretch and shorten at will. Then think of adhesion and scar tissue as knots that have been tied in the runner band. The rubber band is not able to stretch nearly as much with knots tied in it, compared to stretching a rubber with no knots. Our muscles, tendons, ligaments, and fascia work in the exact same way. If these structures are restricted due to adhesion, they’re simply not going to work properly. Compensations and poor biomechanics take form which then makes us more susceptible to injury or re-injury.
A new technique using of specially designed stainless steel tools is changing the way clinicians treat these soft tissue dysfunction. Graston Technique is a form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization that enables clinicians to effectively break up adhesion that has developed from the overused and injured soft tissue. The technique allows the clinician to specifically detect and effectively treat areas exhibiting soft tissue fibrosis or chronic inflammation.
Originally developed by athletes, Graston Technique is an interdisciplinary treatment used by more than 9,000 clinicians worldwide—including physical and occupational therapists, hand therapists, chiropractors, and athletic trainers.
Graston Technique is utilized at some 830 outpatient facilities and industrial on-sites, by more than 160 professional and amateur sports organizations, and is part of the curriculum at 38 respected colleges and universities throughout the united States.
The following conditions respond very well to Graston Technique:
-Fascial Adhesions / Scar Tissue
-Muscle Strains (Acute or Chronic)
-Iliotibial Band (ITB) Irritation / Syndrome
-Anterior / Posterior Tibial Stress Syndrome (Shin Splints)
-Runner’s Knee / Patellar Tendinopathy
-Snapping Hip Syndromes
-Post-Ankle Sprain Muscle Dysfunction
-Post-Surgical Scar Tissue
-Superior Tibiofibular Joint Fixation
For more information on Graston Technique, contact Dr. Kyle Bowling of Kentucky Sports Chiropractic at (502) 594-8326 or email at KySportsDoc@gmail.com