From daily wear and tear, regular or not so regular physical activity, we all experience knots, kinks and catches. Many of these annoying aches are soft tissue injuries to muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments or nerves. These can interfere with athletic performance and/or evolve into pain or restricted mobility. The Graston Technique is a new, and quite frankly, amazing treatment for soft tissue injury that Dr. Chris Matock of Precision Sports Medicine and Chiropractic in Walnut Creek, CA introduced me to. Dr. Matock is an exceptional practitioner who integrates chiropractic care with sports medicine techniques to deliver a more comprehensive and effective treatment resulting in a faster recovery.
Our bodies repair injury to soft tissues with scar tissue. Scar tissue tends to be weaker and less flexible than undamaged tissue. The Graston Technique (GT) detects and treats scar tissue or adhesions that lead to pain and dysfunction. The GT uses stainless steel instruments to glide along muscles, tendons and ligaments. Both the patient and the doctor can sense when knots are encountered. Many of these are undetectable using hands alone, as Dr. Matock proved while treating me. The instruments break up restrictions and adhesions. I have used foam rollers, Trigger Point rollers and have had deep tissue and cross friction massage, but I have never experienced something so exact as GT. As Dr. Matock used the instruments across my shoulder and back, I can only compare it to combing my hair. When I drag a comb down the length of my hair it separated the strands into smooth vertical lines. The GT tools felt like they were combing tangles out of muscle, tendon and ligament fibers.
While GT is used by nearly 7,500 clinicians from sports organizations to therapists, Dr. Matock is one of only a handful of practitioners offering GT in the SF Bay Area. This is because practitioners must receive special training and certification to even buy these tools. GT is currently being taught in 32 colleges and universities and will become more widely available in the future. I highly recommend Dr. Matock and GT for any aliments listed below in addition to basic chiropractic care.
GT have been clinically proven to achieve quicker outcomes in acute and chronic conditions including:
- Achilles tendonitis (ankle pain)
- Carpal tunnel syndrome (wrist pain)
- Plantar fasciitis (foot pain)
- Rotator cuff tendonitis (shoulder pain)
- tennis elbow & golfer’s elbow
- neck pain
- shin splints
- trigger finger
- post mastectomy & caesarean scarring
To find out more about Dr. Matock or the Graston Technique, visit www.PrecisionSportsMedicine.com