Since opening in 2019, Dorsa Chiropractic has become the premier place for integrated wellness in Denver, CO. Dr. Christopher Dorsa and the Pro Performance team are able to bring our clients an integrated approach to alternative medicine through partnerships with CrossFit Eminence and NeuAbility. That means that an appointment at our friendly office is a gateway to strength and healing as part of a collaboration blending massage, acupuncture and exercise specialists. We are especially pleased to be able to offer our clients the Graston Technique. This is something to consider as part of your therapeutic plan for healing and wellness if you’re suffering from pain or limited mobility due to a soft-tissue injury.

The Graston Technique: What to Expect

A patented technique, the Graston Technique is a form of manual therapy applied by a chiropractor that involves the use of soft-tissue instrument-assisted mobilization (IASTM). During the process, Dr. Dorsa will gently use a specialized metal instrument with rounded edges to carefully and strategically massage the skin. This enables him to identify any areas of tightness and restriction where scar tissue is present. He is then able to work on breaking up scar tissue that is leading to pain and discomfort.

During this therapy, Dr. Dorsa is targeting areas that are impacted by trauma or scar tissue. As a result, you may feel some temporary inflammation on and around the areas he works on. This is very normal. In fact, this part of the process actually helps to increase blood flow to the area to begin the healing process. In many cases, patients find that the Graston Technique is effective for decreasing overall treatment time and facilitating a faster recovery. It’s also not uncommon for patients who assumed that they were living with lifelong conditions to see their chronic symptoms go away.

What Does the Graston Method Treat?

The Graston Technique is effective for soft-tissue pain and injuries. It is especially beneficial for the back due to the fact that the back is full of muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia that are commonly behind back problems. The purpose of the treatment is to break down scar tissue that is causing restrictions. Injured soft tissue is provided with the right environment to finally start the healing process that has been delayed due to scar-tissue restrictions.

Frequently Asked Questions About the Graston Technique

Many patients do experience minor discomfort or pressure during this therapy, It’s even possible for some very light bruising to occur, however, it should not hurt when performed properly.

The Graston Technique can be used all over the body. It is commonly applied for the back, shoulders, neck, wrists, elbows, hips, knees and ankles.

The Graston Technique can be used to treat a number of different injuries. Some common injuries include strains, sprains, tears, carpal tunnel, tennis elbow, tendonitis, shin splints, shoulder impingement, IT band syndrome, and plantar fasciitis.