How Does Graston Technique Work? [Plus What Are the Benefits?]
Graston Technique is a type of manual therapy that is used to treat soft tissue injuries. It is a patented form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM) that involves using stainless steel instruments to break up scar tissue and promote healing. In this article, we will discuss how Graston Technique works and its benefits.
How does Graston Technique work?
Graston Technique uses stainless steel instruments to detect and treat areas of soft tissue fibrosis or chronic inflammation. The instruments are used to apply pressure and friction to the affected area, which helps to break up scar tissue and adhesions that can cause pain, stiffness, and limited range of motion.
Graston Technique works by stimulating the body’s natural healing response. When the instruments are used to apply pressure and friction to the affected area, it causes a small amount of trauma to the tissue. This trauma triggers the body’s healing response, which leads to the production of new collagen and the remodeling of scar tissue.
Graston Technique is typically used to treat conditions such as:
- Achilles tendonitis
- Plantar fasciitis
- IT band syndrome
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Rotator cuff injuries
- Tennis elbow
- Golfers elbow
- Shin splints
- Back pain
Benefits of Graston Technique
Graston Technique has many benefits, some of which are listed below.
Graston Technique can help to reduce pain by breaking up scar tissue and adhesions that can cause pain and inflammation.
Increased range of motion
By breaking up scar tissue and adhesions, Graston Technique can help to improve joint mobility and increase range of motion.
Graston Technique can help to improve function by reducing pain, increasing range of motion, and promoting healing.
Graston Technique can help to speed up the recovery process by promoting healing and reducing inflammation.
Graston Technique is a non-invasive treatment option that does not require surgery or medication.
Graston Technique is a safe treatment option that is performed by trained professionals.
Graston Technique can provide long-lasting results by promoting healing and reducing the likelihood of scar tissue and adhesions.
Graston Technique treatment process
Graston Technique typically involves the following steps:
The first step in the Graston Technique process is an assessment to determine the location and extent of the soft tissue injury.
Once the soft tissue injury has been assessed, a treatment plan is created. The treatment plan may include a combination of Graston Technique, stretching, and exercises.
Graston Technique treatment involves using stainless steel instruments to apply pressure and friction to the affected area. The treatment can be uncomfortable but is generally not painful.
After the treatment, follow-up appointments may be necessary to monitor progress and adjust the treatment plan as needed.
Graston Technique is a type of manual therapy that is used to treat soft tissue injuries. It works by using stainless steel instruments to break up scar tissue and adhesions, which promotes healing and reduces pain and inflammation. Graston Technique is a safe and non-invasive treatment option that can provide long-lasting results. If you are experiencing pain or limited range of motion due to a soft tissue injury, Graston Technique may be an effective treatment option to consider.
At Encompass Sports Therapy, Graston Technique is just one of our many tools that are used to resolve musculoskeletal issues. All of our physiotherapists, chiropractors, and some of our massage therapists are trained in Graston Technique. If you are looking for treatment on any soft tissue injury, give the clinic a call.