Graston for Post-Surgical Scarring

June 25, 2017

Scar tissue can be caused from an injury picked up in sport or other leisure activities or it can be formed as a result of a surgical procedure.  The scar tissue caused from surgical procedures is often the result of healthy tissue that is cut. This tissue then heals and does not heal as before.  It causes a fibrous mess and in certain locations it can greatly impact your range of motion and cause pain and stiffness.
This is where Graston comes in. Graston technique can help reduce and remove this scar tissue.

What is Graston?

Graston technique is a manual soft tissue technique that was developed by David Graston and uses a specialized stainless steel instrument with unique angles and edges to help break down scar tissue.

Why Graston?

Graston technique is one of the most effective procedures at breaking down this scar tissue.
At Calgary Encompass we use Graston to great effect in treating scar tissue resulting from post-surgery and injuries.  Graston along with stretching and strengthening exercises can help improve your range of motion, help alleviate pain and remove that troublesome scar tissue once and for all!

To find out how Graston can help you click to book an appointment with one of our Graston practitioners today.

3 Massive Rehabilitation Exercises for Lower Back Pain

June 18, 2017

You go to bend over to pick up the paper or lift your child and wham it hits you.  Lower back pain!  Probably everyone has experienced lower back pain in their life and for some unfortunate individuals it is a chronic condition.  The core is important to everything we do, from sitting to walking to running, our abs and lower back are engaged all the time.
If you are reading this and suffer from chronic back pain or even if you have never experienced any back pain in your life these three exercices below are excellent at ensuring you keep your lower back and core healthy.  Please always check with your doctor before partaking in any exercise.

The exercises

Stuart McGill is a spine researcher based in Canada.  These are three excellent exercises that he recommends to help rehabilitate your spine and prevent injury, so these exercises are great even if you do not as of yet suffer from any lower back pain.

Exercise 1 Curl Ups

  1. Lie on your back with your arms tucked in under your lower back and keep one leg straight and one leg bent
  2. Raise your shoulders and neck off the floor. Try to keep your neck as straight and still as possible.
  3. Try to hold this for as long as possible. Shoot for between 5-8 seconds.
  4. Switch legs and repeat. Always move in a slow controlled fashion. Quality always trumps quantity.

Exercise 2 Bird Dog

  1. Begin by getting on your knees on all fours.
  2. Straighten out your right arm in front of you and your opposite leg (right) behind you.
    Basically you should feel like you are in a super hero pose flying through the air but with one arm and leg grounded to help you keep balanced. Hold this for 5-8 secs then do the reverse arm and leg.

Note: Always listen to your body. If it is too painful to stretch out both your leg and arm begin by just stretching out your arm and slowly over time build your way up to performing this exercise fully.

Exercise 3 Side Bridge

  1. Lie down on your side and push yourself up onto your elbow keeping your elbow tucked in under your shoulder so as not to add any extra strain to the shoulder joint
  2. Keeping your legs straight place your highest foot onto the ground directly in front of your lower bottom foot. So if you were lying on your left hand side, your right foot would be your top foot and your left foot would be your bottom foot.
  3. Put your non supporting hand on its opposite shoulder, so basically crossing over your torso. Ensure your body is not twisted. You want to maintain a natural curve in your spine.
  4. Lift your hips up off from the ground. Hold for 5-10 seconds, lower yourself down and repeat this 3 or 4 times.
  5. Switch sides

Acupuncture for Osteoarthritis

June 11, 2017

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medicine that has been practiced for thousands of years.  It is a complementary medical practice that involves the stimulation of points on the body via needles placed into the skin to help alleviate pain and can help treat a variety of conditions.
In this article we are going to talk specifically about its use for treating osteoarthritis of the knee.

What is Osteoarthritis?

Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease and is the most common chronic condition of the joints.  It can affect any joint but the knee is one of the most commonly affected joints along with the lower back, hips and neck. This condition can occur at any age but those most prone to it are over 65.

In normal joints cartilage covers the end of each of your bones.  The cartilage helps the joint move smoothly.  Osteoarthritis causes the cartilage to break down over time meaning the joint no longer moves smoothly which in turn causes pain and discomfort and effects mobility.

How can Acupuncture Help?

Acupuncture has been proven in studies (

to help reduce the pain associated with osteoarthritis and had showed the biggest improvement in knee functionality after the treatment.  If you suffer from osteoarthritis of the knee and are based in Calgary or the surrounding areas do not hesitate to book an acupuncture session with our fully qualified and experienced acupuncture practitioners