Why is the Graston Technique the leading soft-tissue therapy used by two-thirds of players in the NFL, NBA, and MLB teams? Because it works very well and very fast.
This highly effective form of manual therapy, known as soft-tissue instrument-assisted mobilization, is just one of a number of manual therapy approaches that utilize instruments with a specialized form of massage while scraping the skin gently to release muscle tension and pain.
The Graston Technique is designed to help a physical therapist who specializes in sports medicine like Dr. Arash Noor of BodyPro Chiropractic & Sports Medicine in identifying areas of restriction, attempting to break up scar tissue.
In its entirety, the back is made up of muscles, fascia, ligaments, and tendons. Injuries to these soft tissues while engaging in active sports or working out rigorously play a significant role in the pain and dysfunction associated with back problems. While it may not sound like a serious injury, a simple back muscle strain or torn ligament in the back can cause excruciating pain and extreme difficulty with movement. Anyone who’s ever had a back problem can relate.
According to Spine-Health.com, The Graston Technique offers several potential advantages to the patient with such an injury:
The general goals of the therapy are to reduce the patient's pain and increase function through a combination of:
There appears to be an additional neurological benefit to treating patients with the Graston Technique Instruments. When a patient is given a manual or instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM) therapy, certain nerve fibers are activated. The body's position sense organs, such as mechanoreceptors and proprioceptors, seem to respond to these forms of treatment. These mechanoreceptors send feedback to the brain increasing levels of pleasure, the release of anxiety, and tension for the muscles and body overall.
Graston Technique is a trusted process by professional athletes and sports medicine practitioners like Dr. Arash Noor of BodyPro Chiropractic & Sports Medicine.
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