San Francisco, CA, October 17, 2009 --(PR.com
)-- Women who suffer from pain and decreased range of motion following a mastectomy now have another treatment option that helps to alleviate pain without medication.
Post mastectomy pain is believed to affect 10 to 30 percent of women who have undergone surgical procedures for breast cancer. A contributing factor to this condition is scaring of the tissue and adhesions. Post surgical adhesions and scaring result in both restricted range of motion and pain.
The Graston Technique utilizes a patented form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization that enables clinicians to effectively detect and treat scar tissue. The instruments are used to comb over and "catch" on fibrotic tissue, which identifies the areas of restriction, and can break up the problematic scar tissue.
The technique, which was originally created for athletic injuries, has been highly effective in treating soft tissue injuries. Over 80 percent of patients treated for scar pain reported improvement in mobility and well as a decrease in pain after receiving treatment using the Graston Technique.
Treatment methods for post mastectomy pain usually involve medication, including opiates, muscle relaxants and narcotics, although they are not always effective. Although this condition is relatively common it is often difficult to treat and causes those who suffer from it not only chronic pain, but psychological stress.
A list of Graston certified providers in San Francisco and surrounding areas is available on the Graston Web site.
A San Francisco provider at Financial District Chiropractic, Dr. Kai Tiltmann, has been effectively treating patients with the Graston Method for over five years. In honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, this October Dr. Tiltmann will be offering post mastectomy patients a free initial consultation to give patients the opportunity to evaluate if this treatment method is right for them.