What is Graston Technique®?
Graston Technique® is an advanced procedure which allows us to detect and treat areas of “scar tissue” or adhesions in muscles, tendons and ligaments that can reduce our range of motion and cause pain. In the healing process, our body attempts to repair those areas by creating “scar tissue,” much like the scar that forms on the skin when you have scraped or banged your knee. In time, we can have a build up of this fibrous scar tissue. This can lead to pain and dysfunction because this replacement tissue lacks the strength and flexibility of healthy tissue.
What instruments are used?
The Graston Technique® uses stainless steel instruments that glide along a patient’s muscle, tendons or ligaments, detecting where the scar tissue or restrictions are located. When these knots or bands of scar tissue are encountered, both the clinician and the patient sense a restriction, almost like a speed bump or a granular feeling. The instrument can then be used to “break up” this restriction or adhesion, and assist in the re-alignment of the fibers into the normal pattern of healthy tissue.
What are the benefits?
Graston Technique® enhances the detection of restrictions or adhesions while increasing the amount of improvement that takes place in a short amount of time. The unaided hand is hard pressed to detect and break up as much scar tissue, or follow the kinetic chain, as effectively or efficiently as stainless steel instruments can. Most patients have a positive response within two to three treatments. GT decreases overall time of treatment, fosters faster rehabilitation/recovery, reduces need for anti-inflammatory medication and resolves chronic conditions thought to be permanent.
What conditions are Graston used for?