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Montgomery County Chiropractor Center

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Dr. Allen Conrad, BS, DC, CSCS

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The Graston Technique


Chiropractors practice many different methods to treat soft tissue injuries.  Soft tissue mobilization uses a hands-on technique, using massage motions on muscles and ligaments in order to break down adhesions.  An adhesion is your body’s attempt to heal a soft tissue injury that results in long strands of collagenous scar tissue. The tissue is formed to heal your body, but its fibers grow in random directions and can pull against one another.  This results in trigger points of pain and can limit the range of motion.  The Graston Technique is an instrument-assisted method of soft tissue mobilization that has seen great results from treating scar tissue.

This treatment method was developed by an amateur athlete named David Graston.  After a knee injury, he applied his background in machining to develop instruments to aid in soft tissue mobilization.  There are six specialized tools varying sizes made of stainless steel.  These instruments have concave and convex edges to help target certain areas and can be used everywhere from the back of the hands to the feet. Chiropractors use these tools on the surface of the skin in what resembles a raking motion.  This helps detect and treat areas of fibrous tissue.

The Graston technique not only helps with scar tissue, but this therapy has proven to reduce the overall time of recovery from soft tissue injuries. Repeated treatments have even helped patients find relief from the effects of the following chronic conditions:

  • Tennis Elbow
  • Shin Splints
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Carpal Tunnel
  • Achilles Tendonitis

A full treatment session using the Graston technique involves a short warm-up exercise, followed by the treatment and some light stretching.  A treatment with the Graston technique shouldn’t be painful.  Patients have described minor discomfort during treatment, and slight soreness and bruising afterward.  Stretching and icing after each treatment are recommended if discomfort continues.  The number of treatment sessions will depend on the patient and condition, but the Graston technique is a safe, non-invasive treatment for scar tissue and various soft tissue injuries.

 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

                                                                 Dr. Allen Conrad       

Dr. Allen Conrad has been a chiropractor for over 13 years, serving the North Wales and Lansdale PA area. His  chiropractor office specializes in spinal decompression therapy, massage therapy, and chiropractic care for many types of injuries. Dr. Conrad serves as the Team Chiropractor for the Blackthorn Rugby Club, and is a CertifiedStrength and Conditioning Specialist.

 

 

 
 
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Montgomery County Chiropractic Center
1364 Welsh Road, A120, North Wales, PA 19454