Joint mobilization is a skilled manual therapy technique aimed at improving joint range of motion and reducing pain. It is often used in conjunction with other manual therapy techniques.
Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (Graston)
Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (Graston) uses specially-designed stainless steel instruments, along with appropriate therapeutic exercise, so that allows us to specifically detect and effectively treat areas exhibiting soft tissue fibrosis or chronic inflammation. The instruments also are used diagnostically to follow the kinetic chain, to locate and treat the cause of the symptom as well as the specific area of pain.
Cupping is a type of alternative therapy that originated in China. It is a safe, non-invasive modality, which involves placing cups (glass or silicone) on the skin to create suction. Cupping increases blood circulation to the area where the cups are placed. This may relieve local muscle tension (aka myofascial trigger point), which will then improve overall blood flow and promote tissue repair. It allows for improved active and passive range of motion. It is usually used in conjunction with other manual soft tissue treatments, to include dry needling, instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization (i.e. Graston), active release, etc. Stretching often follows to promote soft tissue flexibility and regional range of motion. Bruising around the treated area may occur, which may last a few days and can be managed by a combination of moist heat and cold therapy.
Active Release Techniques (ART) are a soft tissue method that focuses on relieving tissue tension via the removal of fibrosis/adhesions which can develop in tissues as a result of overload due to repetitive use.