Graston technique is an evidenced-based therapy approach that addresses fibrosis/scarring and degenerative changes in the tissue and can increase blood flow in the local tissue. It can be used for both new injuries as well as chronic conditions. Stainless steel instruments are used for soft tissue mobilization in order to facilitate the body’s natural healing process. Our physical therapists will instruct you in exercises and activities that help guide the healing. The injured area can rebuild into healthy functioning tissue, allowing for mobility, decreased pain and optimal function. Many patients have found Graston to be an effective treatment that can have a profound effect on their recovery and function.
- Achilles tendonitis
- Plantar fasciitis
- Patellofemoral disorders
- Neck/back sprains/strains
- Medial/Lateral epicondylitis (Tennis/Golfer’s elbow)
- Carpal tunnel
- Rotator cuff tendonitis
- Hip bursitis
Assessing Your Condition
Certified therapists will use the Graston technique in order to identify areas of soft tissue restriction or scar tissue adhesions. Dramatic improvement in range of motion or reduced pain levels guide the therapist in determining the appropriate course of treatment. Depending on the severity of your condition, you may expect to receive 6-8 sessions, at a frequency of 1-2 times a week to normalize affected tissue.
Graston Technique Treatment
At its core, the Graston Technique is an evidence-based treatment for soft tissue designed to break up scar tissue, reduce restriction in movement, rehabilitate soft tissue and connective tissue, and promote general healing of soft tissue. Treatment involves unique stainless steel instruments with specialized edges and angles used via manual therapy and carefully developed forms of massage on sections of soft tissue. Practitioners can adjust the level of pressure so the treatment can be modified and appropriate for each individual. The results of Graston Technique treatment include faster treatment and recovery times, less need for anti-inflammatory treatments, effective management of chronic conditions and restoration of function and range of motion.
Part of a Complete Treatment Plan
The Graston Technique can provide excellent results, but is typically used as part of a more comprehensive treatment plan. Your practitioner will likely also include other therapies with your treatment, which may include stretching and strengthening exercises, as well as other modalities to compliment your treatment plan. Some patients find continual benefit through periodic Graston “tune-ups” to maintain their improved condition/status after their treatment has been completed. Ask your physical therapist about how you can continue your Graston treatment on a self-pay basis.