Diversified: High velocity, low amplitude thrust applied by hand. This is the most common chiropractic method and can be used on all parts of the body to patients of any age.
Activator Instrument: A handheld instrument can also be used to deliver a precisely-measured gentle thrust in a specific direction thus delivering a low force adjustment on misaligned areas of the body. The activator has undergone over 35 years of research and testing. It has been found to be a very effective tool on large areas of the back but also on the smaller joints of the jaw, shoulders, wrists, knees and ankles. The activator has been considered the safest of the chiropractic techniques and can be safely used on patients of any age.
Graston is a soft tissue mobilization technique that uses specialized, non-invasive instruments to help detect and treat scar tissue and adhesions that affect normal motion and cause pain. Graston is rooted in the concept of cross fiber massage and has now become a standard treatment in hospitals, universities and with the NBA, NHL and Major League Baseball trainers.
Scar tissue builds up after major and minor injuries over time and can inhibit motion and cause pain, limiting the patient’s healing process. Graston instruments are used to enhance the doctor’s ability to detect scar tissue and adhesions by combing over the affected area and “catching” on resistance characteristic of scar tissue. The doctor is then able to use the instruments to break up the scar tissue, allowing it to be absorbed naturally by the body. Treatment is combined with chiropractic to ensure the nervous system is functioning properly and followed by stretching and strengthening exercises, allowing tissues to heal properly.
The Graston Technique has had positive outcomes in 75–90 percent of all conditions treated. It is equally effective in restoring function to acute and chronic injuries, and pre- and postsurgical patients.
Graston Technique has been found to be useful for many musculoskeletal complaints including:
· Carpal Tunnel
· Patellofemoral Disorders (Knee Pain)
· Achilles Tendinosis (Ankle Pain)
· Shin Splints
· Cervical Strain/Sprain (Neck Pain)
· Plantar fasciitis
· Lumbar Strain/Sprain (Back Pain)
· Medial Epicondylitis (Golfer’s Elbow)
· Lateral Epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow)
· Post surgical scarring
· Trigger Finger
· Rotator Cuff Tendinosis