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Manahawkin, NJ 08050

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June Blog by Dawn Moro

"Learn from your story, but don't live in it." -Steve Maraboli

We, as a society, define ourselves by our jobs, diseases, stresses, etc. How often do you have conversations where you seem to just compare who has it worse? These stories create baggage that we carry around and inhibit us from living in the present moment and moving toward what we want. They keep us in a holding pattern, circling the same issues again and again.

I once worked with a guy who literally introduced himself "Hi, Im ____, I'm on Atkins." He had started many diets and "failed" and defined himself as a dieter. Needless to say, he is still "dieting" and without a change in story, will always be dieting. He will literally diet himself to death.

I love the people who always say how busy they are. Aren't they the most frazzled people? They believe they don't have time to do everything that needs to be done, but the funny thing is that most of these people find time to do everything EXCEPT take care of themselves. No wonder they feel so rushed, they are shortening their lives! They won't be able to do anything when their body says "enough" and gives them a disease to get some rest and recovery. You cannot be there for anyone if you don't take care of yourself FIRST. Not your kids, spouse, family, job.... It's all about priorities. It is amazing how much more time you will have if you schedule yourself first. Time to exercise, meditate, fix healthy meals, and of course get to your chiropractor! When your body is in balance, your life (and your health) tends to reflect that.

Whatever stories you are toting around, make sure they serve you in a positive way. They should empower you, not weigh you down and give you excuses. There is no past, there is no future, there is only NOW and what you choose to do in this moment. "Living" in the past keeps you from moving forward. It's a great place to visit, to see how far you've come, but when you hold onto those feelings of pain, sadness, anger and resentment, you are not truly living. Let go of the stories that hold you in the past and create new ones that reflect who you want to be.

The Graston Technique

Chiropractors practice many different methods to treat soft tissue injuries.  Soft tissue mobilization uses a hands-on technique, using massage motions on muscles and ligaments in order to break down adhesions.  An adhesion is your body’s attempt to heal a soft tissue injury that results in long strands of collagenous scar tissue. The tissue is formed to heal your body, but its fibers grow in random directions and can pull against one another.  This results in trigger points of pain and can limit the range of motion.  The Graston Technique is an instrument-assisted method of soft tissue mobilization that has seen great results from treating scar tissue.

This treatment method was developed by an amateur athlete named David Graston.  After a knee injury, he applied his background in machining to develop instruments to aid in soft tissue mobilization.  There are six specialized tools varying sizes made of stainless steel.  These instruments have concave and convex edges to help target certain areas and can be used everywhere from the back of the hands to the feet. Chiropractors use these tools on the surface of the skin in what resembles a raking motion.  This helps detect and treat areas of fibrous tissue.

The Graston technique not only helps with scar tissue, but this therapy has proven to reduce the overall time of recovery from soft tissue injuries. Repeated treatments have even helped patients find relief from the effects of the following chronic conditions:

  • Tennis Elbow
  • Shin Splints
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Carpal Tunnel
  • Achilles Tendonitis

A full treatment session using the Graston technique involves a short warm-up exercise, followed by the treatment and some light stretching.  A treatment with the Graston technique shouldn’t be painful.  Patients have described minor discomfort during treatment, and slight soreness and bruising afterward.  Stretching and icing after each treatment are recommended if discomfort continues.  The number of treatment sessions will depend on the patient and condition, but the Graston technique is a safe, non-invasive treatment for scar tissue and various soft tissue injuries.

Manahawkin Chiropractor | Blog/Newsletters. Dr. Dr. Nicole Bonner is a Manahawkin Chiropractor.