How to make Scar Tissue work for you Versus against you; A look into instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization

 Have you had any past soft tissue injuries that left you with pain and frustration? Whether it is chronic or acute pain there are various ways that chiropractors can help treat soft tissue injuries  with non-invasive  techniques.

From Spinal manipulation to active release technique Dr. Michael Grossman also specializes in a soft tissue mobilization technique Graston is an instrument-Assisted soft tissue mobilization modality that enables Chiropractors to detect and effectively break down scar tissue and fascial restrictions as well as maintaining optimal range of motion.

Chronic and Acute soft tissue injuries can result in formation of scar tissue. Now what is scar tissue exactly? When soft tissues such as muscle, ligament and tendons are injured there is a natural inflammatory response that occurs to heal the damaged tissue. Although our body has this response to the acute injury there is not a 100% restoration of the injure tissue. This then causes a loss of tissue strength, flexibility and elasticity. During the repair process our body naturally lays down a cheaper version of tissue which is knows as scar tissue. This scar tissue is laid down in a random fashion that is different from the normal parallel orientation of muscle fibers. This abnormal arrangement of scar tissue causes a decrease ability for the tissue to work normally and withstand any further injuries hence if a re injury occurs it results in an increased formation of scar tissue that results into chronic pain. 

Graston allows chiropractors to get deep into the tissue keeping in mind patient comfort and pain tolerance. The tool comes in very close contact to the adhesions and tries to break up the rigorous formation of the scar tissue. This helps reduce the ongoing formation of the scar tissue and eliminates pain. After required sessions of the Graston tool, the inured soft tissue goes through its process to transform and restore back into a healthy functioning tissue which then helps reduce pain and regain strength, motion and range of motion.

Here are a few examples of soft tissue injuries and conditions that can also be treated by Graston to reduce pain and eliminate more scar tissue formation. Then Graston can be an option for you as well since all syndromes and injuries go through a natural inflammation response​​:


  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Carpal Tunnel
  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • IT Band Syndrom
  • Lumbar Strain
  • Plantar Fasciitis

​​If you feel any sort of pain that has been acute or chronic then make an Appointment with Dr. Michael Grossman and come on in!


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