What is Graston Technique?
Graston technique is an internationally recognized instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM) therapy. The graston instruments are not only used for specifically treating the pathological area but are also used as a diagnostic tool. It is a non-invasive technique that uses specially designed stainless steel instruments to accurately identify and treat soft tissue restrictions.
The Graston instruments come in assortment of shapes and sizes that help the practitioner to conform to your body’s contours and to help maximize the treatment efficacy.
How does Graston Therapy Work?
The special design and shape of the Graston instruments allows the practitioner to get as superficial or as deep into the treatment area that is needed. More specifically the practitioner is searching for movement restrictions and tethered tissues in the form of fascial adhesions. These fascial adhesions need to be broken down to allow for free movement of the affected tissues. When the instrument is run over an area affected by fascial adhesions, the practitioner will feel the resonations of the more granular tissues through the instruments and can then release the affected area.
What to Expect During a Graston Therapy Session
Graston therapy can be used as a stand alone treatment or it may be combined with all sorts of physical therapies.
The treatment does not need to be considered painful as the instrument used and the application used can be varied for patient comfort.
Graston therapy is accepted worldwide by elite athletes and every day patients and is considered one of the most effective treatments for rehabilitation and range of motion maintenance.
The practitioner will scan and treat from the affected area and then will continue to search for the root cause by screening full body fascial lines from head to toe. Exercise programs may be combined to assist the rehabilitation process.
Patients usually receive two treatments per week during a four-to-five week period. Most patients have a positive response by the third to fourth treatment.
What can Graston Therapy Treat?
Graston instruments have been clinically proven to achieve quicker and better results in treating both acute and chronic conditions, including:
- Achillis Tendinosis/it is (Ankle pain)
- Carpel Tunnel Syndrome (Wrist pain)
- Cervical Sprain/Strain (Neck pain)
- Lateral Epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow)
- Lumbar Sprain/Strain (Back pain)
- Medial Epicondylosis/it is (Golfers Elbow)
- Patellofemoral Disorders (knee pain)
- Plantar Fasciitis (Foot pain)
- Rotator Cuff Tendinosis/it is (Shoulder pain)
- Scar Tissue
- Shin Splints
- Trigger Finger
- Women’s Health(Post-Mastectomy and Caesarean Scarring)