No pain-no gain… Sound familiar? When it comes to certain things, this holds true. Weightlifting, endurance events, doing your budget… All of these things require us to step outside of our comfort zone to reap the rewards or achieve the end result we desire. As a Chiropractor who focuses on soft tissue injuries and adhesions, the process of releasing an adhesion is not always pleasant. The reward, though, is definitely worth the discomfort that can be associated with the treatment. However, whatever tissue I am treating is initially left with notable inflammation and irritation. This is where Phoenix Kineticream has significantly benefitted my patients. Applying a topical anti-inflammatory cream while performing instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM) to the treated has resulted in an easier treatment application and reduction of post treatment discomfort. The long term benefit of KinetiCream’s transdermal properties is quicker healing and less inflammation for my patient.
If you are a chiropractor or therapist using some of these excellent soft tissue techniques such as ART, Graston, or MAR, it is nice to have Phoenix Kineticream in your corner for better patient tolerance. If you are a patient going through it, don’t be afraid to recommend KinetiCream to your practitioner. Your tissues will thank you!
Mark Olivetti, DC
Olivetti Chiropractic, Mechanicsburg, PA
Below is some background on ART and Graston for those unfamiliar with them and their benefits.
What is Active Release Techniques (ART)?
ART is a patented, state of the art soft tissue system/movement based massage technique that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. Headaches, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, shin splints, shoulder pain, sciatica, plantar fasciitis, knee problems, and tennis elbow are just a few of the many conditions that can be resolved quickly and permanently with ART. These conditions all have one important thing in common: they are often a result of overused muscles.
What is the Graston Technique®?
The Graston Technique® incorporates a patented form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization that enables clinicians to effectively detect and treat scar tissue and restrictions that affect normal function.
Separates and breaks down collagen cross-links, and splays and stretches connective tissue and muscle fibers
Increases skin temperature
Facilitates reflex changes in the chronic muscle holding pattern
Alters spinal reflux activity (facilitated segment)
Increases the rate and amount of blood flow to and from the area
Increases cellular activity in the region, including fibroblasts and mast cells
Increases histamine response secondary to mast cell activity
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.