Graston Technique is a manual soft tissue technique invented by David Graston,
an athlete. This technique is a soft tissue mobilization, instrument assisted,
therapy, which is based on cross-friction massage. The technique helps
in breaking up scar tissue adhesions, fascial restrictions and detecting
areas of fibrosis and chronic inflammation. Athletes often use the massage
style therapy when they fail to recover from an injury.
What instruments are used?
physical therapists use stainless steel tools to diagnose and treat various conditions. They
glide the instrument over the patient’s muscles, ligaments and tendons
to detect any restrictions or scar tissue. Once they find the knots or
bands of scar tissue, they use the instrument to break up the restriction
or adhesion. The treatment helps in re-aligning the fibers into normal
pattern and the tools are chosen on the basis of the body parts that have
to be treated. Areas of the body often treated by Graston technique include
the shoulders, calves and wrists.
The Graston process involves some warm up exercises followed by the treatment,
some stretching, strengthening and then icing of the affected area. It
boosts the cellular activity and minimizes the inflammation in the site
of injury or pain.
Benefits of the Graston Technique
The Graston technique is quite effective in resolving various chronic orthopedic
conditions and decreasing the overall time in treatment. The technique
allows for faster recovery and eliminates the need for anti-inflammatory
medications. It treats the scar tissue, which limits the range of motion
and causes pain. The therapy assists the patient in returning to normal
life and reduces the level of discomfort. The therapist detects the scar
tissue, adhesions in the affected area and uses the tools to break this
scar tissue. The patient may experience slight discomfort during the procedure
along with some bruising; however, these subside after some time.
The biggest benefit of
Graston Technique is that people can continue training while receiving the treatment; depending
upon the amount of pain they are suffering from. The technique has high
success rate and reduces the healing time. This technique can eliminate
the need to have surgeries, injections and medication. The technique is
widely in use because of its positive outcome and effectiveness.
The physical therapists at
OrthoTexas, Allen, specialize in Graston Technique. To schedule an appointment, call at
(972) 727- 9691 or visit 1125 Raintree Circle, Suites 100/100A, Allen, TX 75013.