The Graston Technique
The Graston Technique refers to the form of manual therapy also described as instrument-assisted soft-tissue mobilization. It involves a specialized massage and skin stimulation with the use of six stainless steel instruments, specifically designed for that purpose, applied in combination with massage techniques. These specially shaped instruments are used to identify injured tissues as well as provide the treatment required to help these affected areas heal. The procedure reintroduces minor degrees of trauma to the area of injury, often causing temporary inflammation. This, in turn, benefits the injured areas by increasing the rate of blood flow into the damaged tissues, initiating and significantly aiding their healing process.
How does The Graston Technique work?
The use of the Graston Technique by trained specialists helps to break down the scar tissue and fascia restrictions caused by the soft tissue trauma that in turn allows for significant reduction of pain experienced by the patient, as well as for a meaningful increase in the functionality of the affected areas of the body.
The Graston Technique benefits patients complaining of back muscle strain. As our back consists of muscles, fascia, ligaments, and tendons, injuries to any of these soft tissues, even the most simple back muscle strain, can greatly impact back pain, as well as overall functionality and range of motion.
- a shortened treatment time
- faster overall rehabilitation
- reduced need for any anti-inflammatory medication
- possible healing effect on associated chronic conditions
The average length of the treatment with the Graston Technique applied for lower-back can be from one to ten visits, applied over the course of several weeks. As this is purely a manual therapy there are no needs or requirements for any medications to be administered during the course of the treatment.
Conditions that the Graston Technique® can be used for:
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Post Surgical Scar Tissue
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Lateral Epicondylitis
- Medial Epicondylitis
- Achilles Tendonitis
- Patellofemoral Disorders
- Rotator Cuff
- Shin Splints
- Cervical Sprain/Strain
- Trigger Points
- Lumbar Sprain/Strain and many more!