Got Pain?

Got Pain

Today a lot of people complain about pain. With the invention of computers and the longer work weeks, today’s population is experiencing a tremendous amount of pain and dysfunction. A lot of pain and dysfunction is attributed to muscle tightness or tension. This type of pain exists from the repetitive nature of today’s jobs as well as other factors such as stress and is known as myofascial pain or muscle tension pain.

For years, therapists have struggled to resolve this type of pain. It often gets a little better with the traditional physiotherapy techniques such as Ultrasound, TENS, or good old stretching. Unfortunately, many people never do get back to normal, with only minimal improvements in pain and function. In recent years, we as physiotherapists have become much more aware of the concept of referral pain and how much the interrelation of structures contributes to both pain and dysfunction.

Today’s therapist must consider the effect of muscle tension and spasm, not just joint problems, and how this may be the link to getting those individuals better that suffer from this stubborn “mystery” pain. Many techniques are now available to today’s therapist such as: myofascial release (MFR), active release technique (ART), fascial release (FRT), Acupuncture, Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS), Trigger Point Dry Needling (TDN), as well as energy medicine techniques such as Matrix repatterning (MRP).

Having any of the above in your tool bag will definitely make you better at solving this stubborn pain, however there is one technique in my opinion that is far superior to all the above. I personally and professionally use all of the above mentioned techniques in my daily practice in varying degrees; however having used all the above techniques, one technique stands alone as the BEST for relieving myofascial pain and dysfunction. It is simply called the Graston Technique.

Graston Technique has about a 14 year history and is HUGE in the United States with athletes and professionals alike. It has been featured on FOX health TV, ABC, CBS and many research studies have been done on it. It has been researched thoroughly, and is simply hands down the best soft tissue release technique currently available. Don’t take my word for it, go onto www.grastontechnique.com to see all the testimonials and research.

To simplify the technique, basically what is done is that the muscle tissue is manipulated using a stainless steel tool to breakdown scar tissue and adhesions (trigger points and tension) to restore the tissue to its normal state and allow for normal functioning. It is the breakdown of this tissue that allows for the healing of the muscle to go to completeness and allow for normal functioning to occur. The body’s circulatory system is now unimpeded and can complete the healing process and the muscle can return to its pre-injured state.

Problems the Graston Technique can help with:

  • Chronic Neck Pain & Tightness
  • Back Pain
  • Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis)
  • Headaches
  • Trigger Finger
  • Plantar Fasciitis (heel/foot pain)
  • IT Band Syndrome
  • Jumper's Knee

Treatments of GRASTON consist generally of a brief bout of heat and electrical stimulation (TENS), the application of the tools to the tissue and then finally an exercise component to solidify the new state of the muscle tissue. The GRASTON technique is one that normally resolves issues within a 6-10 visit timeline.

If you have any of the above conditions, you owe it to yourself to try this soft tissue release technique called Graston. With the Graston Technique, a pain free tomorrow can be well within your grasp. To find a Certified Graston Technique provider visit the Graston Technique website or contact your local health professional.

If you have any questions regarding Graston, send me an e-mail darrin@jointreaction.ca

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Posted by Darrin Mathews

Director of Clinical Practice, Registered Physiotherapist, Graston Certified Practitioner and Joint Reaction Health Center Co-founder