In the healing process our body attempts to repair muscles, tendons, and ligaments with scar tissue, much like the scar tissue that forms on the skin when you have scraped or banged your knee. As you can imagine, that scar tissue is not as strong and flexible as normal, healthy, undamaged tissue. Over time we can have a build up of this fibrous scar tissue, particularly in the muscles, tendons, and ligaments that get a lot of use. This can lead to pain and dysfunction because this replacement tissue lacks the strength and flexibility of healthy tissue (in some areas it may even mat down and entrap a nerve.)
Dr. Elizabeth is certified in the Graston Technique® which allows her to better detect and treat these fibrous areas using stainless steel instruments that glide along a patient's muscles, tendons, or ligaments, and acts like a scar tissue stethoscope. When knots or bands of scar tissue are encountered, both the doctor and the patient sense a restriction or a granular feeling. The instrument can then be used to promote re-alignment of the fibers so that they behave more like normal, healthy tissue.
The benefit of the Graston Technique® is not only in detection of restrictions or adhesions, but also in the amount of improvement that takes place in a short amount of time. Unfortunately, the unaided hand is hard pressed to detect and break up as much scar tissue as the stainless steel instruments can. When the Graston Technique® is coupled with the necessary strengthening, and stretching exercises, it provides a great aid to the chiropractic adjustment allowing the patient to heal much better, and more completely.
The Graston Technique® instruments, while enhancing the clinician's ability to detect fascial adhesions and restrictions, have been clinically proven to achieve quicker and better outcomes in treating both acute and chronic conditions including:
- Achilles Tendinitis/osis (ankle pain)
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Cervical Sprain/Strain (neck pain)
- Lateral Epicondylitis (tennis elbow)
- Lumbar Sprain/Strain (back pain)
- Medial Epicondylitis (golfer's elbow)
- Patellofemoral Disorders (knee pain)
- Plantar Fasciitis/osis
- Rotator Cuff Tendinitis.osis (shoulder pain)
- Scar Tissue
- Shin Splints
For more information, go to www.GrastonTechnique.com