Soft tissue treatment, by definition, is the assessment, treatment, and management of soft tissue injury, pain, and dysfunction primarily of the neuro-musculo-skeletal system. If you seek treatment from Dr. Dustin Young or any other health care professional, they will put you through a series of assessments. These assessments give doctors the ability to determine the cause of the pain and what treatment is best suited to heal you quickly and effectively. To deal with the pain you are suffering, there are several soft tissue treatments available. Depending on how your body is built and where your pain is located, your treatment may not be exactly the same as other patients with similar problems. Getting the correct treatment is essential when receiving soft tissue treatments, so make sure you see a licensed chiropractor like Dr. Young or other healthcare professional to evaluate and treat your pain.
For many people who carry stress, they do so in the upper shoulder-blade area and below the neck, creating knots that limit mobility and can cause pain. Women are especially affected by these upper back knots due to stress or from carrying around a heavy purse or bag. Many believe that getting a massage will be enough to relieve the pain, but this is not always the case. Massages are beneficial and should be scheduled monthly, but they need to be complemented with other conservative soft tissue treatment. Graston is one of these treatments. Using one of six steel instruments, about the length of a butter knife and a bit thicker, your doctor will locate your knots and use the end of the tool to break down.
The built up tension with another small instrument called the tongue depressor, the doctor is able to find and pinpoint specific areas where it is needed. After just a couple of minutes of your doctor using the Graston technique, you will feel relief, feeling like your range of motion has returned. It is not uncommon, however, to feel soreness or tenderness after receiving your first couple of treatments, sometimes finding that your range of motion has again decreased by the next morning. Over time, this dissipates, and after continued treatments, your range of motion will not be affected as much. Other areas to treat with Graston include ankles, knees, elbows, hands, and just about anywhere else you may need it.
Another very beneficial soft tissue treatment used along with the Graston technique is Electrical Stimulation, which you may hear doctors commonly refer to as “e-stim.” This electrical stimulation causes a single muscle or a group of muscles to contract using a light, painless electrical current. To receive the most benefit from this technique, the doctor strategically places a few small patches on the area of concern and turns on the machine to the maximum strength a patient can tolerate. The patient determines the level of electrical current that is sufficient and comfortable for a predetermined amount of time. This particular type of therapy lengthens the muscles, alleviating tension to the affected area, making this one benefit of using electrical stimulation. This is why e-stim and Graston complement each other so well, with both lengthening the muscles to help relieve pain. Electrical stimulation also increases blood supply to the treated area, and as many of us know, increased blood flow helps promote even quicker healing. Using these treatment protocols, these techniques are quite effective in ridding patients of pain and make for a good recipe for quick and easy recovery.
Of the soft tissue treatments available, these are just a sample of what Dr. Young can provide to alleviate your pain. He will utilize all techniques at his disposal to make sure that you, the patient, get the right treatment for your condition. All soft tissue treatments are used in conjunction with chiropractic manipulations to help get you on the road to recovery and live a pain-free life.
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