Graston Technique

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What is Graston Technique?

  • A soft tissue technique used for diagnosis and treatment
  • Areas of scar tissue and adhesions in muscles, tendons and ligaments are detected and treated
  • An alternative to cross friction massage –local, specific tissue mobilization via stainless steel instruments rather than a practitioner’s hands
    • Since the instruments do not compress like the pads of the fingers, deeper restrictions can be found and treated
  • Helps to eliminate pain, limited motion and dysfunction in muscles, tendons, ligaments and other soft tissues
  • Works for acute and chronic conditions, injuries and inflammation

Graston Effectively Treats:

  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • de Quervain's Syndrome
  • Epicondylitis/osis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • IT Band Syndrome
  • Joint sprain – ankle, knee, etc
  • Low back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Patellofemoral pain
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Post-fracture pain
  • Scars – new and old
  • Tendonitis/osis
  • Tennis elbow / Golfer's elbow
  • Trigger finger

How Does Graston Work?

  • Stretches connective tissue and muscle fibres
  • Separates and breaks down scar tissue’s collagen cross-links
  • Increases the amount and rate of blood flow to the treated area
  • Increases cellular activity in the treated area, especially in fibroblasts (cells that make connective tissue)
    • Increases collagen production
    • Speeds up the healing of connective tissue

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is soft tissue?

Soft tissue, aka fascia, is soft (aka non-bone, non-tendon) connective tissue licated just below the skin. It wraps around and connects the body's muscles, bones, nerves and blood vessels.  It's like the white fuzz on the inside of an orange peel - it connects the "skin" and the "meat" of an orange. Need a visual?

2. What is scar tissue? What causes it?

Scar tissue is the result of the body's attempt to heal after an injury (acute or chronic). Rather than new tissue being laid down in an organized manner the tissue is laid down quickly and haphazardly, causing scarring.

3. Why is scar tissue a problem?

Scar tissue is not as flexible or as strong as normal, healthy tissue. This causes a decreased range of motion, which limits your ability to move. Scar tissue can also be painful, making it hard to function the way you once did. Nerve pain or irritation can also occur if a nerve is trapped by scar tissue.

4. How many treatments will it take?

Following the Graston Protocol, which may include warm-up exercises/heat, Graston Technique, stretching and icing, the average number of treatments is 6 to 8. Factors like your age, history of the condition, occupation and lifestyle will affect your response to care. Most patients report pain reduction and improved function within the first few treatments. When combined with chiropractic adjustments and care patients get better faster and more completely.

5. Is the treatment painful?

Minor discomfort during the treatment and some discolouration/bruising afterwards are common; these are normal responses in the healing process. Using ice on the treated areas, consuming 6-8 glasses of water daily and eating a healthy diet can help to reduce these symptoms.

 

*All information from www.grastontechnique.com

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