The Graston Technique: What You Need to Know
The Graston Technique utilizes six specially designed instruments to detect and address soft tissue trauma and dysfunction. A form of instrument assisted, soft tissue mobilization (IASTM), this patented technique – when combined with targeted rehabilitative exercise – has been shown to markedly improve function of the musculoskeletal system following injury. The goals of this breakthrough treatment are:
- To break down soft tissue restrictions and scarification associated with common injuries like muscle and ligament strain.
- To reduce pain associated with such injuries.
- To restore mobility and overall function of the damaged soft tissue through therapeutic stretching of connective tissue.
- To facilitate healing of the damaged tissue and surrounding area.
The Graston Technique – FAQs
- Is the Technique Painful? – The technique centres around a non-invasive probing of the soft tissue to uncover areas of scarification, trauma and restriction. In order to do so effectively the practitioner may be required to penetrate farther into the muscle than is necessarily comfortable. In such cases minor to moderate levels of discomfort are not uncommon.
- How Do the Instruments Work? – The specially designed stainless steel instruments probe the soft tissue for scars, adhesions and areas of restriction and are then used to break up any scar tissue so that it may be absorbed back into the body.
- How Many Treatments Will I Need? – The normal treatment regime calls for two treatments per week over the course of a month to five weeks. Most of our patients are able to return to their normal routine after a treatment session.
- Is the Technique Effective? – Statistically, the Graston Technique has been shown to produce positive recuperative results in up to 90% of patients. In addition, the technique has shown much promise in the alleviation of chronic conditions once thought beyond therapeutic reach.
The technique has been shown to have distinct advantages over other methods of rehabilitation, including:
- Shorter recovery time.
- Reduced need for complex, drawn out rehabilitation.
- Reduced need for drug therapies.
- Potential resolution of chronic conditions.
Forging New Paths in the Treatment of Soft Tissue Injury
Seemingly routine soft tissue injuries, particularly those occurring in the back, can sometimes develop into vexing situations for both doctors and patients when poorly treated muscle strains or ligament pulls lead to restricted movement, decreased functionality and long term recurring problems. The Graston Technique represents a significant breakthrough in the treatment of soft tissue injuries and holds out hope that minor problems need no longer develop into chronic conditions.