Pain and stiffness are aggravating enough when they're caused by a direct, acute strain or other soft tissue damage, but pain and stiffness created as a side effect of the body's own healing processes is like adding insult to injury. Tightness and scarring within the body could be the reason for your lingering pain and other symptoms. Fortunately, you can obtain relief though the Graston Technique, a natural, non-invasive healing modality offered here at Chiropractic Wellness Center of Cary.
To understand what the Graston Technique is and how it works, we must first look at some of the ways your own body can sabotage your comfortable range of motion. Your body can move thanks to the actions of connective tissues such as tendons and ligaments, which in turn are wrapped in a close-fitting connective membrane called fascia. Any of these tissues can become tight, trapped, or immobilized by acute injuries or chronic overuse injuries. The body's own attempts to repair itself by producing scar tissue can get out of control, producing an overgrowth of scar tissue, called an adhesion, which "glues" tissues together inhibiting movement. Abnormal scarring or tightness in the fascia can also restrict your ability to move without pain.
The Graston Technique is a deceptively simple-looking method for getting rid of these restrictions. We use a set of specially-designed metal tools, coupled with a number of diagnostic procedures, to identify lumps of scar tissue or other palpable restrictions. We then run the same set of tools over the trouble spot to break up the scar tissue and release the trapped tissues.
Conservative Pain Relief from Our Chiropractor in Cary
Our chiropractor in Cary, Dr. Tammy Atkinson, can employ the Graston Technique as needed, alongside our other natural pain relief techniques, giving you an individualized, comprehensive treatment plan for easing pain and restoring function. A careful musculoskeletal examination can point us toward additional evaluation with the Graston diagnostic tools. Once we've isolated the tissue problems, we will rub or brush the Graston tools against the grain of the tissues. This process not only helps to release "stuck" tissues, it can also produce just enough controlled local inflammation to encourage normal healing in tissues that need it.