What is the Graston Technique?
The Graston Technique® is a procedure that detects and treats areas of “scar tissue” or adhesions in muscles, tendons
and ligaments that can lead to pain and dysfunction. In the healing process, our body attempts to repair muscles, tendons and ligaments with “scar tissue,” much like the scar that forms on the skin when you have scraped or banged your knee. Scar tissue tends to be weaker and less flexible than normal, healthy, undamaged tissue.
The Graston Technique® uses six stainless steel instruments to glide along a patient’s muscle, tendons or ligaments. When knots or bands of scar tissue are encountered, both the doctor and the patient sense a restriction or a granular feeling from the instrument.
GT instruments are used to “break up” this restriction or adhesion. Stretching exercises are used to promote re-alignment of the fibers so they behave more like healthy tissue. The patient feels less pain and gains more mobility.
The instruments are not meant to replace a clinician's hands, but to
complement them. The instruments enhance what the clinician’s hands can feel –
substantially improving the ability to detect and treat soft-tissue dysfunctions. An
unaided hand is hard pressed to detect and break up as much scar tissue as the
stainless steel instruments can.
Patients usually receive two treatments per week during 4 to 5 weeks. Most patients
have a positive response by the 3rd to 4th treatment. Most patients are able to function and continue to perform their regular functions at
home, work or play.
Benefits of GT
- Decreases overall time of treatment
- Fosters faster rehabilitation/recovery
- Reduces need for anti-inflammatory medication
- Patient continues to engage in everyday activities
Is the Graston Technique New?
The concept of cross fiber treatment is grounded in the works of English orthopedist James Cyriax. The use of Graston Technique® instruments and protocol is new.
Treating Acute and Chronic Conditions
The Graston Technique® instruments, while enhancing the clinician's ability to detect
fascial adhesions and restrictions, have been clinically proven to achieve quicker and
better outcomes in treating both acute and chronic conditions, including:
- Achilles Tendinitis/osis (ankle pain)
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (wrist pain)
- Cervical Sprain/Strain (neck pain)
- Lateral Epicondylitis/osis (tennis elbow)
- Lumbar Sprain/Strain (back pain)
- Medial Epicondylitis/osis (golfer's elbow)
- Patellofemoral Disorders (knee pain)
- Plantar Fasciitis/osis (foot pain)
- Rotator Cuff Tendinitis/osis (shoulder pain)
- Scar Tissue
- Shin Splints
- Trigger Finger
- Women’s Health (post-mastectomy and Caesarean
Graston Technique® is used by nearly 7,500 clinicians worldwide—including athletic
trainers, chiropractors, hand therapists, occupational and physical therapists.
GT is used at some 825 out-patient facilities and industrial on-sites, by more than 125
professional and amateur sports organizations, and is part of the curriculum at 32
respected colleges and universities.
Only clinicians who have been trained and accredited in the Graston Technique®
Basic Training course are qualified to obtain the Graston Technique® instruments
and apply the technique to treat patients. (Note: This establishes your uniqueness.)
For additional information: http://www.grastontechnique.com/