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Why the Graston Technique® Might Be Your Answer for Relieving Back Pain

Why the Graston Technique® Might Be Your Answer for Relieving Back Pain

Back pain is extremely common, with eight out of 10 people experiencing it at some point. If you’ve had back pain, you probably know how its intensity can range. From a mild throbbing to debilitating pain, back pain can last for days or weeks.

Your back pain may go away on its own, but it usually comes back with a vengeance. If your back pain persists longer than three Months, it's considered chronic.

Do you feel like you’ve tried everything with no relief?

Texas Wellness Clinic provides medical massages, featuring the Graston technique® to help patients in Richmond Texas, heal from back pain and return to life.

What it is

It might start as a muscle ache before it turns into a stabbing sensation. You might notice that the pain worsens when you move in certain ways. No matter your type of pain, we can help you improve your mobility and well-being. 

One of the ways we might do this is with the Graston technique, which is a form of soft tissue mobilization using a stainless steel, handheld instrument. 

It’s a specialized form of massage that lightly scrapes the skin to help your provider assess areas of resistance while breaking up scar tissue. This helps improve blood flow and restores mobility patterns in damaged tissues.

Goals of treatment

The Graston technique has a great track record, improving 75-90% of all conditions it treats. As a versatile treatment, it is incredibly good at improving soft tissue injuries.

The goal of the Graston technique is to:

This treatment is safe, and even though you’ll notice an improvement after the first visit, you might need three to six treatments to get lasting relief.

Does it hurt?

Most of our patients don’t describe the Graston technique to be painful, but slightly uncomfortable. Although the instrument and massage may bring up tension, it won’t cause intense pain and probably is less painful than the everyday back pain you’re experiencing. 

What to expect during treatment

Before starting treatment, it is important to come in for an initial consultation, so we can do a physical exam, assess your health history, and determine if you’re a good candidate for treatment. When you come in for treatment, Dr. Yvonne Hernanadez, D.C. answers any questions you have and follows these four steps of treatment.

1. Warm-up

Dr. Hernandez, D.C will do a detailed assessment to determine where your restriction are.

2. Massage technique 

Using strokes and pressure, Dr. Hernanadez uses the Graston massage technique and selects one of six tools for your specific pain. Treatment time is usually 8-10 minutes

3. Ice

Lastly, Dr. Hernandez, D.C. may recommend to apply ice to the treatment area to minimize any pain or swelling for 15 minutes every two hours.

After care

Part of what makes the Graston method work so well is that we are breaking up scar tissue deep within your muscle to improve mobility. To effectively do this, inflammation often occurs to help trigger the healing process.

Redness, mild swelling, and bruising are all normal post-treatment signs. Dr.Hernandez, D.C. will provide your post treatment care or instruction that works best for you.

Experience relief with the Graston method. Call 361-298-3362 to schedule your consultation, or book online.

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