If you’re reading this, it’s reasonable to assume that are you’re interested in the Graston Technique®. You may have heard some things about the technique, like how it’s used to treat a wide variety of injuries to help reduce and manage pain to get back to your day-to-day routine and function more normally. Since patients can perform a limited amount of chiropractic techniques at home, you may also be wondering if you can use the Graston Technique® on yourself.
While there are body care tools for home use, such as massage gun, those are the exception. The Graston Technique® requires a highly trained, certified professional to administer it.
Can You Apply the Graston Technique® Every Day?
No, as the Graston Technique® needs to be administered by a trained and certified specialist. That means visiting a chiropractor’s office that specializes in the Graston Technique®. The average person at home can’t do it themselves. Even if they could, it’s only recommended that someone receive care with the Graston Technique® two to three times a week as your body needs about 48 hours to adapt to the changes caused by a treatment.
Is The Graston Technique® Safe?
The technique itself, when administered by a professional, is safe. The tools required to perform the method can only be obtained by a certified practitioner, which increases the technique’s safety. The professional administering the technique will also have warm-ups and exercises for you to do to maximize the effectiveness. The treatment is typically only applied for a month or so, and then results are evaluated.
It is also essential to remember that not every soft tissue injury is ideal for the Graston Technique®. A professional will consult with you and determine if the technique is correct for your medical needs. This is all part of the process to ensure the Graston Technique® is used correctly and appropriately for soft tissue injuries.
Is The Graston Technique® Painful?
While the technique should not be painful, it can create some soreness and discomfort. In some instances, the injured soft tissue is warmed up to help make it easier to manipulate and heal, like how hot yoga makes stretching easier. It’s also advised to try and loosen up, corresponding to the technique as the professional administering it instructs. If you feel discomfort after the method is administered, icing the affected area for 15-20 minutes can help ease that discomfort.
East Bay Chiropractic Wellness Specializes in The Graston Technique®
For more than 35 years, East Bay Chiropractic Wellness P.C. has provided a wide range of chiropractic services to fit your needs best. We are one of the only Long Island chiropractic practices to provide the Graston Technique®, administered by a certified specialist. By utilizing a combination of chiropractic care and recommended lifestyle changes, we can help reduce your pain and improve your quality of life. Schedule your appointment today by calling our office at 516-679-2225 and take the first step toward a more comfortable life.