Frank Chiropractic Services with Graston Technique, Fort Lauderdale, FL

The Graston Technique, by your Fort Lauderdale Chiropractor, Dr. Harvey Frank

The Graston Technique is an incredible soft tissue treatment technique that was developed by athletes. This innovative procedure accelerates the healing of both new injuries such as a newly sprained ankle AND long-term chronic problems such as a recurring tennis elbow or shoulder pain (including rotator cuff syndrome).

New injuries.

When an injury occurs, soft tissue (muscles, tendons and/or ligaments) swells. This is a natural reaction to trauma. Research has revealed that the quality of healing is directly proportional to the reduction of swelling. The Graston Technique rapidly reduces swelling resulting in healing being accelerated and enhanced.

Chronic problems.

Frequently when soft tissue has been injured, as part of the healing process, fibrotic adhesions or scar tissue develops. Scar tissue is not as flexible as normal healthy, undamaged tissue and needs to be helped in being reduced or eliminated. Over time there can be a buildup of this fibrous (scar) tissue, particularly in those soft tissue areas that get a lot of use, resulting in various pain syndromes. In some areas, this fibrotic process may layer down resulting in a “pinched nerve” called nerve entrapment syndrome.

How this procedure works.

The doctor uses a hand-held Graston Instrument that glides along the skin in order to feel and treat the “soft tissue” below the surface. First the Graston Instrument is used as a “soft tissue-stethoscope” in locating the issue. Healthy tissue will be smooth. Both the clinician and the patient will feel changes such as a lump – multiple “speed bumps” – and/or a granular feeling (like rough sand paper) where damaged tissue is present.

Next the specialty Graston Instruments are then used to treat these tissue changes. The goal is to “break down” the fibrotic or scar tissues found and/or to reduce swelling if present. Stretching exercises are an important component of the healing process.

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Who Benefits?

This treatment technique is excellent for conditions that include: strains-sprains-pulled muscles & joints, tendonitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, tennis elbow, rotator cuff and other shoulder syndromes, knee injuries, plantar fasciitis (foot pain), TMJ syndromes, as well as complicated spinal misalignment syndromes.

Patient disclosure

Most patients report no more than mild discomfort during the treatment; however the treatment may cause bruising or tenderness. This is associated with success in removing (breaking down) the unwanted fibrotic (scar) tissue. If this does occur, increased stretching along with ice applications for 30 minutes is recommended. This treatment is not available to any individual taking blood thinners such as Coumadin.