Graston Technique is a therapy that has been around in the chiropractic and physical therapy world for about 15 years. Graston is based on some of the principals that were developed by acupuncturists in the use of the Guasha. Graston therapy as it is done now is taught in the certified program authorized by Therapy Care Resources Inc. of Indianapolis, Indiana.
The doctor in this office has received both the basic and advanced training and has 10 years and hundreds of hours in use and application. Graston therapy is used for myofascial pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, ankle pain, muscle spasm, muscle scar tissue, surgery scar tissue and a number of other applications. Scar tissue limits range of motion, and in many instances causes pain, which prevents the patient from functioning as he or she did before the injury.
The Graston Technique® incorporates a patented form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization that enables clinicians to effectively detect and treat scar tissue and restrictions that affect normal function.
- Separates and breaks down collagen cross-links, and stretches connective tissue and muscle fibers
- Increases skin temperature
- Facilitates reflex changes in the chronic muscle holding pattern
- Alters spinal reflux activity (facilitated segment)
- Increases the blood flow to and from the area
- Increases cellular activity in the region, including fibroblasts and mast cells
- Increases histamine response secondary to mast cell activity
The Graston Technique® instruments are used to detect scar tissue or restrictions in the affected areas. The stainless steel instruments are used with a soft tissue emollient to comb over and “catch” on fibrotic tissue, which immediately identifies the areas of restriction. The instruments are used to break up the scar tissue so it can be absorbed by the body.
Benefits of Graston Technique®:
- Decreases overall time of treatment
- Reduces need for anti-inflammatory medication
- Resolves chronic conditions thought to be permanent
- Faster rehabilitation/recovery