What is the Graston Technique?
The Graston Technique is a unique form of manipulative physical treatment that involves the use of stainless-steel tools to mobilize soft tissue. This patented manual therapy is employed by chiropractors and physical therapists to locate and identify muscle knots, and break them up with the use of stainless-steel tools.
This treatment method helps to engage both pain relief and mobility improvement simultaneously. It begins with the physical therapist using the stainless-steel tool in a cross-friction massage motion, or rubbing and brushing against the scar tissue and damaged area. This leads to inflammation, but ultimately promotes healing and breaking down knotted scar tissue.
Graston Technique Goals
– Area Treatment: The Graston Technique has been found to engage other areas of the body through the cross-friction massage motion. This includes certain nerve fibers becoming activated, as well as positional sense organs responding to the treatment. Overall, this means that it builds a better foundation for healing.
– Pain Relief and Range of Motion Increase: The Graston Technique aims to simultaneously help a patient’s pain and range of motion issues caused by accumulated scar tissue by breaking the scar tissue down. Patients sometimes report light bruising after these sessions, but generally experience successful healing afterwards.
What does the Graston Technique treat?
The Graston Technique has been found to help treat both chronic and acute conditions, including:
– Achilles tendinosis
– Tennis elbow
– Shin splints
– Cervical strain
– Rotator cuff tendinosis
– Lower back muscle sprain