Chiropractic Care and Instrument-Assisted Graston Technique

Most people think of manual chiropractic adjustments as the only chiropractic care provider treatment method. Did you know, however, that chiropractic doctors have as many options for treating patients as they have different types of patients?

Recently, Dr. Jeremiah Carlson of Jacksonville Chiropractic and Acupuncture discussed the basic plan of treatment he used for some high-profile patients, including expert military personnel and professional athletes. 

Certain conditions, for example, a buildup of scar tissue, require a more aggressive treatment approach. Additional treatments are sometimes necessary to obtain the desired result.

All patients usually benefit from a chiropractic adjustment. This is usually the first step. Then, in order to address scar tissue or to release trigger points, for example where muscle knots are, the Graston Technique is very effective.

What Is The Graston Technique?

The Graston Technique uses an instrument to manipulate tissue in a way that a hand or thumb cannot. The Graston instrument is made out of stainless steel.

It can put much more pressure on the treatment area. The device has contours to make it easy for the chiropractic care provider to reach the affected area and treat the soft tissues.

Dr. Carlson and other chiropractic doctors use the Graston Technique to target scar tissue, muscles, and tendons using much stronger pressure than would be possible using thumbs and hands. It is a much more aggressive treatment than normal manipulations, making it highly regarded for use on professional athletes and others.

Muscle knots and scar tissue usually form from repetitive use injuries, surgical procedures, or even overuse injuries. It is not unusual for stiffness, swelling, and pain to develop in the area of these types of conditions. The Graston Technique helps trigger an inflammatory response in the region being treated that allows healing to take place.

Breaking down the scar tissue that formed enables better healing and recovery. It also reduces pain and increases range of motion. Many professional athletes seek chiropractic care for scar tissue that formed as a result of ligament injuries, tendon problems, rotator cuff injuries, or strained muscles.

Other chiropractic treatments are often used in combination with the Graston Technique. These may include taping, massage therapy, cupping, and heat therapy. The Graston Technique has been useful for patients with chronic and those with acute conditions.

What Is The Graston Technique Used for?

Chiropractors use the Graston Technique for a variety of soft-tissue conditions, including:

  • Rotator Cuff Tendinitis

  • Myofascial Pain

  • Muscle Strains

  • Lower Back Pain

  • Ankle Sprains

  • Shin Splints

  • Scars (not burns)

  • Tennis Elbow

  • Golfer’s Elbow

  • Achilles Tendinitis


Your chiropractic care provider will select the best course of treatment based on your condition and your individual situation. If you have a soft-tissue injury or are in pain, contact Jacksonville Chiropractic and Acupuncture for an evaluation today. 

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