Neck And Back Pain Treatments With Graston Technique Scottsdale AZ
Graston technique is a fantastic treatment for decreasing neck and upper back pain. We use Graston Technique frequently on people who experience tension and migraine headaches. In all of these conditions, people often slouch, elevate, and round their shoulders forward; this puts excessive strain on the neck and upper back muscles. The neck and back muscles eventually become injured and start producing scar tissue.
A small amount of scar tissue is not bad; however, over time, the scar tissue accumulates and creates bigger and bigger patches. Scar tissue accumulates much like a penny jar fills over years. Eventually, the jar will overflow with pennies, but it the growth is hardly noticed because it is so slow and consistent.
Increasing the amount of scar tissue in the neck and upper back alters muscle fiber sliding and function. Accumulating scar tissue fibers “glue fibers together” and stops muscle function. These “knots” of scar tissue can become sources of neck and back pain. Every time we stress and strain these knots, they become irritated and create headaches, neck pain, or back pain.
People often feel these large “onions” on their neck or upper shoulders as “knots that never go away”. Even during an hour-long massage, the knots feel better but remain large and unchanged. Simple muscle spasms would respond to massage therapy, and the area would relax and heal. These knots are scar tissue patches that cannot be broken down in a single session.
In the office, we describe these patches of scar tissue as either an onion or spaghetti thrown at the wall Spaghetti lands spread out and in larger clumps on the wall. Onions have a center and grow in layers or concentric circles. Both analogies are somewhat accurate. Scar tissue clusters usually have a larger central area with smaller strands radiating from the center. This larger mass of scar tissue prevents normal muscle fiber sliding movements, and changes how muscles function.
Graston technique, ASTYM, and other instrument-assisted techniques utilize tools to slide along the skin and pull one muscle layer past the other. The sheer force helps break up scar tissue between muscle layers. We are trying to peel that scar tissue onion one layer at a time, breaking it into pieces. The treatments breaks up scar tissue fibers and triggers the body’s healing mechanisms to break down the bad scar tissue patches. It also triggers healing mechanics and encourages growth of muscle fiber tissue. Then in the next session, we work on the next layer of the onion.
Over time, Graston Technique treatments will decrease the amount and size of scar tissue knots. These knots contribute to many people’s neck, upper back, and headache pain. By removing scar tissue, the muscle can slide and function properly and people experience less pain.
We use Graston technique, Active Release Technique, and massage therapy to break up scar tissue in between the small fibers and large muscle groups. We also combine muscle treatments with stretches to enhance muscle flexibility and break up the scar tissue. Therapeutic exercises strengthen the muscles and help protect it against future scar tissue formation. Ice, heat, electric, ultrasound, traction, and cold laser therapy are additional treatments that can be used to enhance healing.
Combinations of treatment help you to reach your therapeutic goals faster and have long term success. Our goals are to decrease pain and inflammation while enhancing muscular repair. People who have a history of chronic neck and upper back pain respond very well to these treatments. By addressing the muscle and joint complaints, chronic headache, neck, and back joint pain sufferers are amazed at how quickly their overall pain levels decrease in just a few weeks.