Do You Know What The Graston Technique Is?

Soft tissue injuries can be debilitating and frustrating. When tissue is damaged, it will often heal in a fibrotic, haphazard manner which results in a restricted range of motion, pain, inflammation and functional limitations. There is a method of manual therapy that interrupts and breaks this cycle of pain and dysfunctional movement. Graston Technique (GT) is a unique, evidence-based form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM) that enables clinicians to effectively treat all soft tissue conditions, whether they are chronic, acute or post-surgical.

This non-invasive technique uses specially designed stainless steel instruments to help the clinician identify and treat areas exhibiting soft tissue restriction or chronic inflammation. GT allows the clinician to get as deep into the tissue as necessary to invoke change while still being sensitive to patient pain and tolerance. As the instruments are moved over the affected area during treatment, they come into contact with the adhesions and help break up scar tissue and fascial restrictions.

Over time, this process will reduce or eliminate the adhered fibers, restoring range of motion and eliminating the associated pain and inflammation. Ultimately helping to transform your soft tissue injury into healthy functioning tissue.

Benefits for the patient include:

  • Faster rehabilitation/recovery
  • Reduces need for anti- inflammatory medication
  • Resolves chronic conditions thought to be permanent
  • Better relief and carryover between visits

What to expect during treatment:

During your Graston treatment, the clinician will first warm up the affected area with a moist hot pack or active exercise. Then the instruments will be used to identify and treat any areas of soft tissue restriction/fibrosis along the kinetic chain that may be causing your symptoms as well as treatment of your area of pain.

The next step is to follow up your Graston treatment with specifically designed stretches or exercises that will help to restore normal

tissue mobility and ultimately pain- free movement and function. Ice also can be used for any post- treatment inflammation.
Depending upon the nature of the injury, patients typically receive 1-2 treatments per week over a 4-5 week period.

Most patients have a positive response to the third or fourth treatment. The average number of GT sessions per episode of care averages between 6-12 with the higher end for more chronic conditions.

Common areas of treatment:

Graston Technique is clinically proven to achieve faster and better patient outcomes in treating the following conditions:

  • Achilles Tendinitis/Tendinosis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cervical Sprain/Strain (Neck Pain)
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Lateral Epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow)
  • Lumbar Sprain/Strain (Back Pain)
  • Medial Epicondylitis (Golfer’s Elbow)
  • Patellofemoral Disorders (Knee Pain)
  • Plantar Fasciitis (Foot Pain)
  • Rotator Cuff Tendinitis/ Tendinosis (Shoulder Pain
  • Scar Tissue
  • Shin Splints
  • Trigger Finger
  • Women’s Health (Post- Mastectomy and Caesarean Scarring)