Treatment with the Graston Technique

Graston Technique

Dr. Jay Pearson is trained in the Graston Technique a unique, evidence-based form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM) that enables clinicians to address scar tissue, fascial restrictions and range of motion through comprehensive training.

The Graston Technique uses a unique tool that helps Doctors address soft tissue and scar tissue to help improve patients range of motion. This technique is perfect for chronic soft tissue conditions such as plantar fasciitis and other soft tissue inflammation. It can also be a vital tool to help prevent excessive scar tissue post surgery.  The unique stainless steel instrument helps locate and address acute areas of concern while allowing your physician to be aware of your tolerance and pain. This method is a great solution to help patients regain range of motion from restricted areas and help break up scar tissue. Consult with Dr. Pearson to see if The Graston Technique is the right method for you on your path to recovery.

Benefits of The Graston Technique Chiropractic Care and The Graston Technique

  • Decreases overall time of treatment
  • Fosters faster rehabilitation/recovery
  • Reduces need for anti-inflammatory medication
  • Resolves chronic conditions thought to be permanent

(Source: grastontechnique.com)

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Concussion Recovery with Chiropractic Care

Headaches, dizziness, sleep problems, depressed or anxious mood, memory loss, trouble concentrating, and other cognitive problems are the pesky symptoms of a concussion. If these symptoms are not addressed and treated they can wreak havoc on your professional, social, and family life. Whether your concussion was caused from a car accident, a sports injury, or even a work place accident the doctors at Pearson Chiropractic can help you get on the road to recoveryConcussion .

Chiropractic care is a non-invasive treatment that addresses whole body wellness. This means when we treat your injury we focus on the relationship of the injury area within the rest of your body and not just one concentrated area affected by the injury. Recovering from any injury is a process and our holistic approach will help you see lasting results. Getting your symptoms checked out by a medical doctor along with regular adjustments and chiropractic care are vital parts of recovering from your concussion.

Follow these other simple tips to see optimal recovery from you concussion or head injury.

  1. Get Adjusted! Often times the same impact that caused the concussion can impact the cervical spine causing headaches and other frustrating symptoms. Chiropractic care can help re-align the cervical spine and can alleviate neck pain and headaches and other troubling symptoms.

    Woman getting adjusted

    Get Adjusted!

  2. Limit your screen time, this means texting, TV’s, video games, computers, and even reading. Your eyes and brain need rest to fully recoup.
  3. Avoid vigorous or strenuous activities, though you might not completely feel this you a likely not functioning at your full capacity. Overly exerting yourself can cause further damage and a longer healing time.
  4. Rest! This is key to recovery so avoid all activities that aggravate your symptoms and use this concussion or head injury as opportunity to catch up on some rest and relaxation!

Dr. Jay Pearson is listed in the National Concussion Registry, identified as a provider that has trained and completed the ACBSP® Concussion course.

6 Ways to Stay Healthy for Desk Job Workers

A sedentary lifestyle is proven to be harmful to our health and bodies and for those of you stuck behind a computer or sitting down at a desk job all day it can be hazardous in many ways. One of the problems is the amount of time spent sitting without breaks or movement. So how can you improve your health while still maintaining this job position? Here are 6 things you can add to your daily routine!

1. Start your day with a healthy breakfast. 

Breakfast is essential to getting you moving and kicking off your day in healthy way. Your concentration and focus will be much higher if your stomach is full. Eating a healthy, balanced meal in the morning also will jump start your metabolism. If you don’t eat a morning meal you may overeat or eat unhealthy throughout the day.

2. Water is essential

Staying hydrated is so key in feeling your best. Keep a tumbler cup with a straw or a water bottle at your desk and sip it throughout the day. Getting up to refill your glass is a great opportunity for a stretch as well. 

3. Stretch often.

Don’t be afraid to get up and move! You can even do a mini-workout at your desk. Stretch your arms, neck, and fingers to avoid stiffness and your limbs falling asleep from lack of movement! Get up and walk around your office, stop by co-workers desks to say hello or step outside for a little fresh air. Moving around will not only refresh you but it will taking micro-breaks multiple times throughout the day are proven to benefit your health. 

4. Fix your desk setup. 

Poor posture at your office desk can lead to neck and back pain, eye strain, spine misalignment and so much more! The proper setup will have your chair at a height in which your feet can remain flat on the ground and your computer at eye level. You should not have to bend or strain to read your monitor. 

5. Walk when possible

If you have the opportunity to walk during the day- take it! If you are heading to lunch nearby walk to the cafe instead of driving. If you have stairs in your office choose to walk instead of riding the elevator. If you park nearby, park a few blocks further away and walk the rest of the way to your office. If your home is close to work choose to walk or bike instead of driving or taking public transportation. If you take the bus, get off a stop earlier and walk the rest of the way home. These are all great ways to add a little more physical activity into your day when you may not be walking and moving around as often as you would like.

6. Pack your own lunch

Although it may be tempting to join coworkers for a meal out, bringing your own meal from home will be much more nutritious and healthier. (And money-saving!). Pack your own healthy snacks for munching on throughout the day as well to keep up your energy. A few favorite snacks include fruit, nuts, carrot sticks, and hummus and veggies.

Although you have a desk job where you are sitting for most of the day there are many ways to remain active and follow a healthy way of living. These are just a few tips but if you exercise, eat well and get enough sleep these factors can all help you maintain a healthy body and mind.

Do you have a desk job? Share with us: what are your favorite ways to stay active throughout the work day?

US Olympic Athletes Get New Chiropractic Doctor

From The Fairwood Flyer, March 2004 issue, a Fairwood, Washington newspaper.

Local Physician Chosen for Olympic Training Team

Dr. Jay Pearson, a Kent Chiropractic Physician, was recently named an attending/treating physician to The Greatest Athletes in the World Decathlon club. Athletes in the prestigious club are training to qualify for competition in the Olympic Decathlon in Athens, Greece in August 2004.

Pearson, a graduate of Western States Chiropractic College in Portland, was chosen because of his experience and expertise in providing chiropractic care to athletes. Pearson is one of only 25 Chiropractic physicians in the United States who will be treating the decathlon hopefuls throughout their training and competition.

The Decathlon Club has a storied Olympic history and many of the former top athletes in the world are members of the club, including Bruce Jenner, Bill Toomey, DanO’Brian and Bob Mathias. The club also includes Tom Pappas, 2003 World Champion in the Decathlon and Heptathlon, and currently ranked the top decathlete in the world. Many believe that a member of The Decathlon club is favored to win the gold medal at the upcoming Olympics and club members have a chance of sweeping the medals.

Chiropractic care has long been considered an essential component of optimal health and the prevention of injuries for athletes. According to Bill Toomey, the 1968 Decathlon Olympic Gold Medalists, “Chiropractic is one more tool that can benefit the decathlon competitor due to the enormous amount of stress he imposes during both training and competition.” Chiropractic care not only benefits world class athletes, but others as well who live or want to live an active lifestyle. “Chiropractic gives my wife tremendous relief following a bike accident”, ways Toomey.

Brian Brophy, a three-time All American NCAA Decathlon champion and personal coach for Tom Pappas agrees. “After six months in a Boston Brace my freshmen year in college for a fractured vertebrae, …I chose to see a chiropractor. Six weeks later I was back on track, literally. I haven’t had a problem since”.

As part of his role with the club, Dr. Pearson will have the opportunity to attend to athletes at major competitions throughout the United State and Europe, including Italy and Austria in May and Germany in August. He will also have the opportunity to go to the USA Olympic Qualifying Trials in Sacramento, CA where the Olympic Team will be selected. Having just learned about his selection Dr. Pearson has not yet made any decisions about which events he will be able to attend, although he would like to do them all. “I’m honored and flattered to be selected for the club,” says Pearson. “My goal is to do whatever I can to help our team go to Athens and win the Gold. Certainly, I hope to be on the track when we do!”

Over the next few months, Olympic hopefuls will be training at five sites throughout the United States, including Warrensburg, MO, State College, PA, Knoxville, TN, San Luis Obispo, CA and Missoula, MT. “with a training site as close as Missoula, I hope to spend a lot of time between now an the Olympics with the decathletes”, added Pearson.

Dr. Pearson, a native of Washington State, obtained an Associate Arts degree in Science from Green River Community College, and Highline Community College. He then went on to obtain his doctorate degree from Western States Chiropractic College. Dr. Pearson leads a chiropractic health care team at his clinic and rehabilitation center in Kent. Dr. Pearson provides chiropractic care to athletes as well as non-athletes at his clinic in Kent. For more information, contact Dr. Pearson at 253-638-2424.