SOFT TISSUE TREATMENTS
" INSTRUMENT ASSISTED SOFT TISSUE MOBILIZATION "
Graston Technique (GT) is a unique, evidence-based form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization that enables clinicians to effectively and efficiently address soft tissue lesions and fascial restrictions resulting in improved patient outcomes. GT uses specially designed stainless steel instruments with unique treatment edges and angles to deliver an effective means of manual therapy. The use of GT instruments, when combined with appropriate therapeutic exercise, leads to the restoration of pain-free movement and function. The instruments also are used diagnostically to assess the kinetic chain, in an efficient manner using the principles of regional interdependence, a concept that a musculoskeletal treatment targeting a specific area of the body could have effects in another, seemingly unrelated, part of the body.
Graston Technique can be used to treat any movement system dysfunction that has been determined to have a soft tissue component.
COMMON CONDITIONS TREATED WITH GRASTON
Rotator Cuff Tendinitis
Whiplash Injuries... and many more...
HOW ARE THE INSTRUMENTS USED?
The Graston Technique instruments are used to enhance the therapist’s ability to detect adhesions, scar tissue or restrictions in the affected area. Once the tissue has been identified, the instruments are used to break up the scar tissue so the body can absorb it. It is common to experience minor discomfort during the procedure and some bruising afterwards. This is a normal response and part of the healing process.
WHY IS SCAR TISSUE A PROBLEM?
When soft tissue is damaged, it will often heal in a fibrotic, haphazard manner. The tissue/scar thickens and becomes irregular, with fibers running in all different directions compared to non-injured tissues. This has a negative impact on sensory motor firing rates, which results in a restricted range of motion, pain and dysfunctional movements.
ACTIVE RELEASE TECHNIQUE
" ART "
ART is an innovative, patented, hands-on soft tissue movement and stretching technique that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. We all experience injuries to our soft tissues from traumatic events or repetitive behaviors that build up over time. These changes create a hypoxic (lack of oxygen) environment leading to scar tissue, muscle adhesions and nerve entrapments. These negative soft tissue responses cause a change in the tissue texture, tension and how the muscles move. This leads to discomfort, pain, stiffness and immobility. If a nerve is trapped you may also feel tingling, numbness, and weakness.
COMMON CONDITIONS TREATED WITH ART
Muscle & Tendon Pain
Ligament, Fascia & Nerve Pain
Carpal Tunnel syndrome
Rotator Cuff Pain
Golfers & Tennis Elbow
Hip Pain... and many more...
HOW DOES ART WORK?
ART addresses the scar tissue formed from overuse injuries. As scar tissue builds up and ties down tissues that need to move freely, muscles become shorter and weaker, tension on tendons causes tendinitis, 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 A ART TREATMENT LIKE?
Every ART session is actually a combination of examination and treatment. Our therapists use their 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. Patients can experience relief almost immediately with improved functional outcomes long term.
" MYOFASCIAL TRIGGER POINT NEEDLING "
Dry needling is used to alleviate pain and spasm in muscles. Muscles sometimes develop knotted areas called trigger points. These trigger points are highly sensitive and can be painful when touched. They are often the cause of referred pain or pain that affects another part of the body. Pain affects how your body moves. It is thought that by pushing a dry thin solid needle into the trigger point, it changes the way the brain and muscles talk to each other. This allows the system to reset and return to a more normal movement pattern.
COMMON CONDITIONS TREATED WITH DRY NEEDLING
Knee pain... and many more...
IS DRY NEEDLING PAINFUL?
Each patient may experience different sensations when being needled. Muscle soreness, aching and a muscle twitch when a needle is inserted into a trigger point is considered to be a good sign. Depending on the pain and condition, a dry needling treatment usually lasts about 5 to 20 minutes.
HOW CAN DRY NEEDLING HELP?
Dry needling used in conjunction with corrective exercise and manual therapy helps:
- Release trigger points
- Improve range of motion
- Release muscle tension
- Reduce localized swelling
- Improve blood circulation
KINESIO TAPING METHOD
" KINESIO TEX TAPE & ROCK TAPE "
The Kinesio Taping Method has taken the Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine world by storm. Developed by Dr. Kenzo Kase, Kinesio Taping has become the gold standard for therapeutic rehabilitative taping. The Kinesio Taping Method is a rehabilitative taping technique that is designed to facilitate the body’s natural healing process while providing support and stability to muscles and joints without restricting the body’s range of motion as well as providing extended soft tissue manipulation to prolong the benefits of manual therapy administered within the clinical setting. Kinesio Tape is commonly used in conjunction with other therapies, including cryotherapy, soft tissue therapy, corrective exercise and electrical stimulation.
COMMON CONDITIONS TREATED WITH KINESIO TAPE
Rotator Cuff Injuries
Golers & Tennis Elbow
Wrist Pain... and many more...
HOW DOES KINESIO TAPE WORK?
The tape is flexible and applied over and around muscles, allowing and encouraging full range of motion, while still providing support. The adhesive portion of the tape has a wave pattern, this has a lifting effect on the skin which can reduce swelling and inflammation by improving circulation and reducing pain by taking pressure off pain receptors.
CAN I BENEFIT FROM KINESIO TAPE?
It's for everyone, not just sports people! Kinesio tape is hypoallergenic, latex free and the adhesive compound is designed for sensitive skin. The tape works well on all ages from children to the elderly. Whether the injury is related to sport, work or poor posture Kinesio Tape is an ideal treatment option to get patients back to exercise, sports and general day-to-day activities faster and more effectively.