The Graston Technique
Scar Tissue occurs as a result of injury , surgery, or repetitive motion. Scar tissue can adhere to muscle fibers, preventing them from sliding back and forth properly. It can adhere to connective tissues, limiting the flexibility of a muscle or joint, and it can adhere to nerve cells, leading to carpal tunnel syndrome, chronic back pain, and other conditions. The Graston Technique breaks down and releases the scar tissue. The technique utilizes patented stainless steel instruments, uniquely shaped to treat different areas of the body. The weight and design of various instruments allow clinicialn to effectively treat deep tissue dysnfunctions, while preventing the stress associated with manual therapy on their own extremities. A key benefit to patients is they are able to engage in everyday activity during treatment and enjoy the benefits of an accelerated healing process.
Biofeedback can refer to a number of therapeutic measurements that utilize either mechanical or electrical methods to provide a response to help you learn about your body. One type of biofeedback uses pelvic sensors and computer graphs to help you become aware and control your pelvic floor muscles. This system uses visualization to help you properly strengthen or relax the appropriate muscles. Many research studies have supported the use of biofeedback and it's outcomes. The use of biofeedback may assist you to prevent leakage of urine during activities or help you to relax your pelvic muscles if you are experiencing pain.
Kinesio Taping is a technique based on the body's own natural healing process.
The Kinesio Taping Method is applied over muscles to reduce pain and inflammation, relax overused tired muscles, and to support muscles in movement on a 24hr/day basis. It is non-restrictive type of taping which allows for full range of motion.
Electrical stimulation uses an electrical current to cause a single muscle or a group of muscles to contract. By placing electrodes on the skin in various locations the physical therapist can recruit the appropriate muscle fibers. Contracting the muscle via electrical stimulation helps strengthen the affected muscle. The physical therapist can change the current setting to allow for a forceful or gentle muscle contraction. Along with increasing muscle strength, the contraction of the muscle also promotes blood supply to the area that assists in healing.
Ultrasound is a treatment modality that utilizes high or low frequency sound
waves. These sound waves are transmitted to the surrounding tissue and
vasculature. They penetrate the muscles to cause deep tissue/muscle warming.
This promotes tissue relaxation and therefore is useful in treating muscle
tightness and spasms. The warming effect of the sound waves also cause
vessel vasodilatation and increase circulation to the area that assists
in healing. The physical therapist can also adjust the frequency on the
machine to use waves that will decrease inflammation.
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