October 4, 2013

Graston Technique

The Graston Technique is an innovative, patented form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization that enables clinicians to effectively break down scar tissue and fascial restrictions. The Technique utilizes specially designed stainless steel instruments to specifically detect and effectively treat areas exhibiting soft tissue fibrosis or chronic inflammation.

It is used for multiple conditions including but not limited to: Cervical sprain/strain (Neck Pain), Lumbar sprain/strain (Back Pain), Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (Wrist Pain), Plantar Fascitis (Foot Pain), Lateral Epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow), Medial Epicondylitis (Golfer’s Elbow), Rotator Cuff Tendinitis (Shoulder Pain), Patellofemoral Disorders (Knee Pain), Achilles Tendinitis (Ankle Pain), Fibromyalgia, Scar Tissue, Trigger Finger, and Shin Splints.

Research conducted by Graston Technique trained clinicians at Ball Memorial Hospital and Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana, found that the controlled micro trauma induced through the Graston Technique protocol, increased the amount of fibroblasts to the treated area. That amount of inflammation to the scar tissue helps initiate the healing cascade. The structure of the tissue is rearranged, and damaged tissue is replaced by new tissue. Ice is then applied to reduce the pain and exercise is implemented to increase function and range of motion. This controlled micro trauma effectively helps restore function to the involved area with stronger and better tissue function.