Understanding Graston Technique
Graston Techniques is an innovative, patented form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization that enables clinicians to effectively break down scar tissue and fascial restrictions.
The Graston Technique utilizes specially designed stainless steel instruments to detect and effectively treat areas exhibiting soft tissue fibrosis or chronic inflammation and was originally developed by athletes.
Using the Graston Technique, the doctor is able to:
- Increase the rate and amount of blood flow to and from the area.
- Increase cellular activity in the region, including fibroblasts and mast cells.
- Separate and breaks down collagen cross-links.
- Splay and stretch connective tissue and muscle fibers.
- Increase skin temperature.
- Facilitate reflex changes in the chronic muscle holding pattern.
- Increase histamine response secondary to mast cell activity.
This is a commonly asked question by our patients. Scar tissue is made of adhesive fibers that are laid down in loose irregular directions, in a haphazard pattern. This frequently occurs when an area of your body is under stress, damaged, injured, or suffering from sort of trauma.
This type of scar tissue often causes pain, prevents the fluid smooth motion of tissues, limits range of motion, and restricts the patient from functioning well in their physical activities. It has a binding or restrictive effect on your body.
In addition, scar tissue can adhere fascia to muscle, tendons, and ligaments, thereby restricting range of motion and function, and increasing pain.
The Graston Instrument Assisted Technique mobilizes, reduces and reorganizes fibrotic restrictions in the neuromusculoskeletal system. The technique is delivered through the use of six (6) hand-held stainless steel instruments. A specially designed lubricant must be applied to the skin prior to utilizing the instruments. The lubricant allows the instruments to glide over the skin without causing irritation.
The treatment is applied in multiple directions:
- With venous drainage.
- Against venous drainage.
- Cross-fiber in multiple directions to the lesion.
As with other soft-tissue techniques, the diagnostic process occurs in conjunction with the application of treatment.
As the Graston tools are applied a “vibratory” sensation is felt through the tool into the examiners fingertips. The patient simultaneously experiences a similar sensation while the tool traverses the area being treated.
The Graston Technique instruments are used to enhance the clinician’s ability to detect adhesions, scar tissue and/or restrictions in the affected areas.
Skilled clinicians use the stainless steel instruments to comb over and “catch” on fibrotic tissue, which immediately identifies the areas of restriction. When two or more large muscles cross each other, and are bound by restrictions, this technique can release these large adhesions easily, along with more microscopic adhesions.
Once the tissue has been identified, the instruments are used to break up the scar tissue so it can be re-absorbed by the body.It is common to experience minor discomfort during the procedure and some bruising afterwards. This is a normal response and part of the healing process.
Q : Is the treatment painful?
It is common to experience minor discomfort during the procedure and some bruising afterwards. This is a normal response and part of the healing process.
Q : Are other procedures involved in using Graston Technique?
Our protocol includes a brief warm-up exercise, Graston Technique treatment, followed by stretching, strengthening and ice.
We will often combine the Graston Technique with Active Release Technique and Chiropractic Adjustments.
Q : What is the frequency of treatment?
Patients usually receive two-to-three treatments per week over two-to-three weeks.
Q : What kind of results does Graston Technique produce?
Historically, the Graston Technique has resolved 87% or more of all conditions treated. It is equally effective on restoring function to acute and chronic injuries, and pre and post surgical patients.