Soft tissue injuries can be extremely debilitating and frustrating. When tissue is damaged collagen rushes to repair the area. However, it will often heal in a fibrotic, haphazard manner. This can result in 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 that enables clinicians to effectively treat all soft tissue conditions, whether they are chronic, acute or post-surgical.
What is Graston?
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 to invoke change while still being sensitive to patient pain and tolerance. The instruments are moved over the affected area during treatment to break up adhesions, scar tissue and fascial restrictions. This process works overtime to reduce or eliminate the adhered fibers, restore range of motion and eliminate 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:
The clinician still the treatment by warm up the affected area with a moist hot pack or active exercise. They will then use the instruments to identify and treat any areas of soft tissue restriction/fibrosis that may be causing your symptoms. 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 may also be added to decrease any post-treatment inflammation. Patients will typically receive 1-2 treatments per week over a 4-5 week period depending on the injury. 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)
- 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)