The Graston method is a mobilization technique of the soft tissues, aided by instruments (IASTM). It is a form of manual therapy that includes special ergonomic tools to assist in reducing scar tissue restrictions.
Numerous conditions, including lower back pain, neck pain, rotator cuff tears, quadricep pain, tennis elbow, plantar fasciitis, and headaches, can be treated with the Graston Technique.
Do you have a soft tissue injury? Have you sustained a sports injury, or have you been in a car accident that caused mobility problems? Do you have scars that make you feel pain and restrict your movement? If so, you may benefit from the Graston Technique.
To learn more about how Graston Technique can help you, schedule an appointment with Step Ahead Physical Therapy today!
What can I expect from Graston Technique treatment sessions?
At the beginning of a Graston Technique treatment, the areas of the soft tissue fibrosis will be moved to make the scar tissue more receptive.
The edge of the stainless steel tool will be used to slowly glide across the affected soft tissue until it comes in contact with an adhesion.
Our physical therapist will then rub over the adhesion to elicit movement. This friction will help promote the healing process of your soft tissue injury.
The amount of pressure used with the instrument, and the speed in which it is done will vary depending on the nature of your condition, and it will be adjusted throughout the treatment.
After each treatment, the affected area will be stretched and our physical therapist will provide you with ice packs if you experience any soreness.
Most patients who receive the Graston technique will undergo two treatments a week, over a five-week time frame. You should expect to notice relief by the third or fourth treatment.
Some of the many benefits of the Graston Technique include:
- Reduction in inflammation
- Reduction in pain, for a better quality of life
- Breakdown of collagen cross-links
- Boost in cellular activity for good health
- Increased rate of volume and blood flow to affected areas to enhance healing
- Increased mobility and ability to perform daily tasks
How will the Graston Technique benefit me?
Scar tissue is a type of connective fibrous tissue that receives less blood and isn’t as flexible as normal tissue. It tends to be thick after injury and may build up around the ligaments, tendons, and muscles.
Adhesions are the accumulation of soft tissues. Shin splints, pulled hamstrings, and meniscal tears are all injuries that can lead to adhesion.
Adhesions and scar tissue may occur in the tissues or skin when you are injured. Scar tissue and adhesions prevent the underlying body structures from moving properly. This is because adhesions do not allow the ligaments, tendons, and muscles to move freely.
Scar tissue and adhesions may bend to the fascia and cause a condition known as fascial constraint. Over time, even the wear and tear of everyday life can cause muscle fibers to adhere irregularly to each other.
The Graston technique allows for the separation of the muscle fibers, which reduces pain and increases functional mobility.
What else should I know about the Graston Technique?
Before adding the Graston Technique to your treatment plan, here are some helpful facts to keep in mind:
- It is used by more than 500 professional and amateur sports organizations.
- It is used by 16 NBA teams, 18 NFL teams, 16 MLB teams.
- It is part of the curriculum at more than 50 colleges and universities.
- It is applied at more than 3,600 outpatient facilities.
- More than 31,000 clinicians worldwide use it.
The Graston technique may help you find relief
Are you ready to begin your journey towards relief and recovery with the Graston Technique? We’re committed to helping you heal and get back to your pain-free life!
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