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Graston technique is a remarkable procedure that allows us to detect and treat areas of "scar tissue" and adhesions in muscle, tendon, ligaments, and fascia that can lead to pain and dysfunction in the joints of the body.

After stress and strain on body tissues, our body attempts to repair muscles, tendons, and ligaments with "scar tissue", much like a scar that forms on the skin when you have scraped or banged your knee. As you can imagine, scar tissue is not as strong and flexible as normal, healthly, 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 the replacement tissue lacks the strength and flexibility of healthy tissue (in some areas it may even mat down and entrap a nerve).

The Graston Technique allows us to better detect and treat these areas because it uses a stainless steel instrument that glides along the patient's tissue 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 grainular feeling. The instrument can then be used to "break-up" the restriction or adhesion. After treatment, stretching or strengthening exercises are used to promote proper re-alignment of the fibers so they behave more like "normal" healthy tissue.

The benefit of this technique is not only in the detection of restrictions or adhesions but also in the amount of improvement that take place in a short amount of time. The unaided hand is hard-pressed to detect and break down 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 and the patient gets better much faster and much more completely.

For more details on how this technique works, click the link below.    

http://www.grastontechnique.com/Slide_Show.html

** Graston Technique was mentioned on www.spine-health.com**

http://www.spine-health.com/treatment/chiropractic/graston-technique-instrument-assisted-soft-tissue-manual-therapy-back-pain