Graston Technique is an innovative and effective approach to the diagnosis and treatment of soft tissue injuries to ligaments, muscles and tendons and to break down scar tissue and fascial restrictions.
The technique is performed with patented stainless-steel instruments designed to detect and treat soft-tissue fibrosis or chronic inflammation in order to reduce pain and restore function.
How does it work?
You can think of the Graston Technique as a deeper, more intense version of manual therapy. Specially trained clinicians use specially designed Graston tools in two ways. First, to locate muscle knots or restrictions. They do this by running the tools over your skin to feel for fibrous or scar tissue that may be causing you pain or restricting your movement. Second, they use the tools to break up that tissue to restore mobility and function.
Why are scar tissue and adhesions a problem?
Scar tissue is resistant to exercise and most soft tissue treatments. It limits range of motion, can entrap nerves and cause pain and reduced function.
What conditions can it help?
The majority of soft tissue injuries respond well to Graston with research showing an average 87% success rate. A partial list of conditions that respond to Graston Technique includes:
- Rotator cuff tendonitis/osis and frozen shoulder
- Tennis elbow/Golfer’s elbow
- Chronic low back and neck/whiplash pain
- Plantar fasciitis
- Shin splints, ITB syndrome and hamstring injuries
- Patellar and Achilles tendonitis
- Other forms of chronic scar tissue including post-surgical
I have heard it is painful. Is it?
As with any technique patient tolerance is the key. You may experience minor discomfort or pain and some mild bruising afterwards, but the results make it all worthwhile
As always we utilize multiple techniques and approaches with your care and usually include ultrasound and rehab exercises with your Graston treatments for fastest results.
For more information contact us or visit www.grastontechnique.com
“Even though the stainless steel tools look unusual, the Graston Technique® has brought me much relief. GT breaks up scar tissue fibers and smoothes the tissue underneath. It has increased my range of motion and decreased the inflammation and pain that I’ve experienced. GT has sped up the recovery time for every one of my injuries.”
24-time Marathon Finisher and Ultra-Runner