Aflakian Chiropractic Corporation
Dr. Hamed J. Aflakian, D.C.
        President/ Board Certified

What is Graston Technique®?

Graston Technique® is aninnovative, patented form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization that enables clinicians to effectively break down scar tissue and fascial restrictions. Muscle knots are formed when injured tissue heal improperly and scar tissue desposit randomly. With Graston Technique®, the body’s healing process restarts and new nutrients and blood are brought to the area. The Graston Technique® utilizes specially designed stainless steel instruments to specifically detect and effectively treat areas exhibiting soft tissue fibrosis or chronic inflammation. Best results occur in 8-12 treatments according to clinical studies.

The benefits of the Graston Technique® are:

  • Decreases overall time of treatment.
  • Fosters faster rehabilitation/recovery.
  • Reduces need for anti-inflammatory medication.
  • Resolves chronic conditions thought to be permanent.

Clinical Applications of the Patented GT Instruments:

The Graston Technique® (GT) Instruments, while enhancing the clinician’s ability to detect fascial adhesions and restrictions, have been clinically proven to achieve quicker and better outcomes in treating both acute and chronic conditions, including:

  • Cervical sprain/strain (neck pain)
  • Shin Splints
  • Lumbar sprain/strain (back pain)
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (wrist pain)
  • Lateral Epicondylitis (tennis elbow)
  • Achilles Tendinitis (ankle pain)
  • Plantar Fasciitis (foot pain)
  • Scar Tissue & Trigger Points
  • Medial Epicondylitis (golfer’s elbow)
  • Patellofemoral Disorders (knee pain)
  • Fibromyalgia

Why is scar tissue a problem?

Scar tissue limits range of motion, and in many instances causes pain, which prevents the patient from functioning as he or she did before the injury.

What is the frequency of treatment?

Patients usually receive two treatments per week over 4-5 weeks. Most patients have a positive response by the 3rd to 4th treatment.

What kind of results does Graston Technique® produces?

Historically, the Graston Technique® has resolved 87% or more of all conditions treated. It is equally effective on restoring function to acute and chronic injuries, and pre and post surgical patients.

This Outcome Chart is a compilation of information relating to a set of predetermined patient/clinician goals established at the onset of care and based on the average number of treatments using Graston Technique®.

The Success Rate is based on attainment of an overall outcome, rated from good to complete, against those predetermined goals. The primary means of evaluating the success rate is based on decrease in pain and increase in function. Overall effectiveness is related to the common conditions listed below:

What is Chiropractic?

Chiropractic is widely recognized as one of the safest drug-free, non-invasive therapies available for the treatment of neuro-musculoskeletal complaints. Chiropractic focuses on diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system and nervous systems, and the effects of these disorders on general health. Chiropractors believe that correcting the cause of the problem provides significant long-term benefits over only treating the symptoms.

Chiropractic is way of living, understanding that true health comes from within and that is the jobs of the nervous system. The nervous system in the body controls and coordinates all other systems such as respiratory, digestive, muscular, immune and so forth. The nervous system includes the brain, spinal cord, the spinal nerves, and the peripheral nerves. Every movement of your body and the function of every internal organ and tissue within your body are controlled by your brain. Your spinal cord and nerves carry messages from your brain to every cell, organ, tissue, muscle and part in your body, telling them what to do. When communications are distorted or delayed between the brain and any area of the body, subluxation can arise.

Subluxations can be caused by physical stress such as falls, accidents, lifting or injury. But emotional stress and toxins in the body are equally responsible for causing subluxations even when we feel pain free. Stress, lack of sleep and tension, as well as medications, poor diet, and alcohol and drugs all contribute to subluxations in the spine.
The most common therapeutic procedure performed by doctors of chiropractic is known as “spinal manipulation,” or “chiropractic adjustment.” The purpose of manipulation is to restore joint mobility by manually applying a controlled force into joints that have become restricted in their movement and disrupted the flow of nerve transmission as a result of a tissue injury. Tissue injury can be caused by a traumatic event, such as an auto accident, or through repetitive stresses, such as sitting with poor posture for a long period of time. In both cases, injured tissues go through physical and chemical changes that can cause inflammation, pain, and diminished function for the person. Manipulation, or adjustment of the affected joint and tissues, restores mobility, thereby alleviating pain and muscle tightness, and allowing tissues to heal.

Professional Sports Organizations utilizing Graston Technique®

Atlanta Hawks/ New York Knicks/ Cleveland Cavaliers/ Philadelphia 76ers /Denver Nuggets/ Seattle SuperSonics/ Washington Wizards/ Miami Heat /Milwaukee Bucks/ Minnesota Timberwolves / Utah Jazz

San Francisco 49ers / New York Giants / Jacksonville Jaquars/ Tennessee Titans / New England Patriots/ Washington Redskins/ Indianapolis Colts

Colorado Avalanche /Norfolk Admirals

Chicago White Sox/ New York Mets / Cincinnati Reds / Milwaukee Brewers / Cleveland Indians/ St. Louis Cardinals

Professional Golf
PGA Tour Champions Tour

Amateur Sports Organizations utilizing Graston Technique®
Indiana University/ Texas Woman’s University/ Anderson University/ UCLA/ Assumption College/ University of California-Berkeley /Binghamton University/ University of California-Davis/ Bridgewater State College/ University of Colorado/ Brigham Young University/ University of Illinois/ College of the Holy Cross/ University of Kansas/ Concordia University-Wisconsin/ University of Michigan /Connecticut College/ University of Nebraska at Omaha/ Delaware State University/ University of Oregon/ Florida Atlantic University /University of Southern California/ Florida State University/ University of Texas/ Iowa State University/ University of Washington/ Kansas City Kansas Community College/ University of Wisconsin/ Miami (Ohio) University/ Wabash College/ Michigan State University/ Warner-Pacific College/ MidAmerica Nazarene University/ Washington and Lee University/ Mount Wachusett Community College/ Washington State University/ Oral Roberts University/ Wheaton College/ Purdue University/ Wichita State University/ San Francisco Unified High School District/ USA Field Hockey/ Texas Tech University/ USA Volleyball US Olympic Training Centers: Chula Vista/  Lake Placid
Colorado Springs/ Marquette.


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