The Graston Technique is a form of manual therapy commonly used in chiropractic care as a specialized form of massaging and gently scraping the skin. It is currently one of the leading manual therapy approaches being used today. The Graston Technique is a patented therapy process that uses stainless steel tools for soft tissue mobilization. It is mainly used by chiropractors however have also been practiced by osteopathic physicians, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, and even by some registered massage therapists in Canada.
How Does It The Graston Technique Work?
Similar to massage therapy, The Graston Technique is focused on breaking up tissue to restore mobility and overall function except that it is a deeper, more intensified version on manual therapy. A trained specialist should perform the procedure and start by locating the muscle knots and restrictions using a specially designed Graston tool and running it along the skin. What this does is help to identify fibrous or scar tissue that could be the cause of pain and restricted movement.
With this technique, most patients feel immediate pain relief directly after receiving treatment which is ideal for patients who are undergoing rehabilitation after sustaining an injury. The reduction in pain isn’t always sustained for the time between treatments however, it does allow the opportunity for patients to perform rehabilitation exercises as needed which is needed to promote faster healing. Rehabilitation patients are more likely to be successful when they are not in pain and have a better range of motion. Typically, it will take anywhere between 6 to 12 treatment sessions for the patient to experience results.The important thing to note is that if The Graston Technique is the right treatment plan, then the patient should start feeling results almost immediately while continuing the treatment can keep certain problems away more definitely
Some patients may experience bruising however, it The Graston Technique is not designed to be painful in fact this therapy is ideal for patients with hypersensitivity. Because the nature of the therapy is completely manual, the pressure and intensity can be modified for each individual patient, their comfort level, and their condition(s). It is normal, as with any form of manual therapy and depending on the patient’s condition, that minor discomfort during the procedure and some bruising afterward may be experienced.
Most common conditions the Graston Technique treats:
- Achilles Tendinitis
- Ankle Sprains
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Low Back Pain
- Tennis Elbow
- Hip Pain
- Hamstring Strain
- Rotator Cuff Tendinitis
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Wrist Tendonitis