How are Graston Technique® instruments used?
GT instruments are used both for diagnosis and treatment. Initially, Dr. Fred and Kathleen use the instruments to detect soft tissue lesions, scar tissue/fibrosis or restrictions in the affected areas. Part of the skill in using these tools for many years allows the doctors the clinical ability to easily identify areas of restriction. Once the tissue has been identified, the instruments are then used to treat the abnormal tissue. When GT is combined with appropriate therapeutic exercises and activities, pain free function is often restored.
For additional information, please see the article by Dr. Tom Hyde, "The Graston Technique:An Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Manual Therapy for Back Pain.".
Muscle that are overused cause your body to produce tough, dense scar tissue in the affected area. This scar tissue binds up and ties down tissues that are supposed to move freely. As scar tissue builds up, muscles become shorter and weaker, tension on tendons causes tendonitis, and nerves can become trapped. This can cause reduced range of motion, loss of strength, and pain. If a nerve is trapped you may also feel tingling, numbness, and weakness.
What is an ART® treatment like?
Every ART® session is actually a combination of examination and treatment. The doctor uses his or her hands to evaluate the texture, tightness and movement of muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments and nerves. Abnormal tissues are treated by combining precisely directed tension with very specific patient movements.
The Soft Tissue Techniques treatment protocols - over 500 specific moves - are unique to ART®. They allow the doctors to identify and correct the specific problems that are affecting each individual patient.
ART has shown to be very useful in an array of soft tissue injures. This technique has been a go to form of therapy for athletic injures utilized by collegiate, professional and elite athletes across the world, as well as all of us right here in Watertown, South Dakota.
If you are interested in obtaining more information, please contact our team at Deutsch Chiropractic.