Graston Technique is an instrument assisted soft tissue therapy (IASTT) that utilizes stainless steel instruments to help in the diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of soft tissue injuries of the upper and lower extremities as well as the spine.
In the healing process, the body attempts to repair muscles, tendons, and ligaments with ‘scar tissue’ after an injury. This fibrous tissue is not as strong and flexible as normal, healthy undamaged tissue. Over time, this fibrous tissue builds up in areas that get a lot of use. This can lead to pain and dysfunction because this replacement tissue lacks the strength and flexibility of healthy tissue and in some areas may entrap nerves.
The Graston Technique procedure involves the detection and treatment of adhesions in muscles, tendons, and ligaments that can lead to pain and dysfunction. The instruments are first used to detect the adhesions, which are usually described and felt as a granular or gritty sensation. The doctor then uses the instruments to ‘break up’ the adhesions.
The benefits of Graston Technique are not only in detection of restrictions or adhesions, but also in the amount of improvement that takes place in a short amount of time. The Graston Technique protocol includes the necessary strengthening and stretching exercises to promote re-alignment of the fibres so they behave more like normal, healthy tissue. These exercises provide a great aid to the chiropractic adjustment and the patient gets better much quicker and more completely.
The Graston Technique is not appropriate for every condition. It is, however, very helpful for people with the most common conditions seen by a chiropractor. This includes:
Achilles tendonitis Tennis Elbow
Ankle sprains Golfer’s Elbow
Plantar fasciitis Scar pain
Patellofemoral syndrome Rotator cuff tendonitis
Neck pain Adhesive capsulitis
Low back pain Shin splints
Hip/groin strain Jumper’s knee
Hamstring strain ITB tendonitis
Graston Technique is currently being used in treating athletes at major universities as well as by a number of professional athletic teams.
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