The Graston Technique is a form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization that enables clinicians to effectively identify and breakdown scar tissue and mechanical restrictions within soft tissues. The technique utilizes specially designed steel instruments, combined with stretches and exercises, to achieve superior outcomes. It is used to treat a number of tendon disorders, mobilize scar tissue and reduce edema.
Common diagnoses that can benefit from Graston Technique include:
- Ankle Pain (Achilles Tendinosis/itis)
- Wrist Pain (Carpal Tunnel Syndrome)
- Neck Pain (Cervical Sprain/Strain)
- Hamstring Injuries
- Hip Pain
- IT Band (Iliotibial Band)
- Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylosis/itis)
- Back Pain (Lumbar Sprain/Strain)
- Golfer's Elbow (Medial Epicondylosis/itis)
- Knee Pain (Patellofemoral Disorders)
- Heel Pain (Plantar Fasciitis)
- Shoulder Pain (Rotator Cuff Tendinosis/itis)
- Scar Tissue
- Shin Splints
- Trigger Finger
Biddeford Physical Therapy is among the very few clinics in the region currently certified to perform Dry Needling. This is a treatment technique that uses small filament type needles (acupuncture needles) to release tight muscles with the goal of permanently reducing muscle pain and dysfunction. This technique has been extremely beneficial for patient’s experiencing muscle tightness including chronic tension headaches and has had many patients have complete elimination of their symptoms.
Conditions currently treated with Dry Needling:
- Low Back Pain
- Tennis Elbow
- Muscle Spasms
- Sciatic Pain
- Plantar fasciitis
- Achilles tendonitis
- Hip Pain
Vertigo and Dizziness Treatment
Vertigo or more specifically Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV) is a sudden sensation of spinning. Benign: Of no danger to health, not life threatening Paroxysmal: A sudden recurrence of symptoms Positional: related to different body positions Vertigo: A sensation of spinning or whirling motion This is caused by a problem in the inner ear. Small “crystals” called otoliths that are usually suspended in gelatinous material inside the ear got loose, moving around in the ear canals and causing a sickening spinning feeling. Biddeford Physical Therapists can easily diagnose and treat this dizzying condition. After diagnosis, most people recover from BPPV with a simple but very specific head/neck maneuver, our physical therapist will assist in various movements of your head through a series of positions. These repositioning treatments are designed to move the crystals from the semicircular canal back into the area in the inner ear. By performing these exercises, most patients experience relief in if not one, but just a few short visits.
Manual Physical Therapy
If you are experiencing increased pain or stiffness in any or your muscles or joints, Manual Therapy is often an excellent treatment option.