What is The Graston Technique?
The Graston Technique, is changing the way clinicians – including athletic trainers, chiropractors, physical therapists, occupational therapists – and patients view treatment of acute and chronic soft tissue injuries.
Originally developed by athletes, The Graston Technique is an innovative, patented form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization that enables clinicians to effectively break down scar tissue and fascial restrictions. The Technique utilizes specially designed stainless steel instruments to specifically detect and effectively treat areas exhibiting soft tissue fibrosis or chronic inflammation.
How is the Graston Technique Performed?
The Graston Technique Instruments are used to enhance the clinician’s ability to detect adhesion’s, scar tissue or restrictions in the affected areas. Skilled clinicians use the stainless steel instruments to comb over and “catch” on fibrotic tissue, which immediately identifies the areas of restriction. Once the tissue has been identified, the instruments are used to break up the scar tissue so the body can absorb it.
Patients usually receive two treatments per week over 4-5 weeks. Most patients have a positive response by the 3rd to 4th treatment. The process includes a brief warm-up exercise, Graston Technique treatment, followed by stretching, strengthening and ice. It is common to experience minor discomfort during the procedure and some bruising afterwards. This is a normal response and part of the healing process.
Who Should Consider Having the Graston Technique?
If you suffer from any of the acute and chronic conditions listed below, you may be a good candidate for Graston Technique*.
- Bodily pain such as back, neck, wrist, foot, ankle, shoulder, knee
- Tennis elbow
- Golfer’s elbow
- Scar Tissue
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