What is Graston Technique Therapy?
The Graston Technique is a form of manual therapy utilized by chiropractors and physiotherapists. The technique involves the use of 6 stainless steel instruments that have been patented for their make and shape. The instruments have rounded edges, and are used to scan and detect injured tissues as well as to provide treatment.
Similar to cross-friction massage (a form of manual therapy that clinicians use to treat injured tissues), Graston tools can also be used to rub against the grain of scar tissue. The scar tissue is then broken down and connective tissue is rearranged. This type of therapy reintroduces small amounts of trauma to the injured area. Sometimes, this process causes temporary inflammation. Inflammation benefits the injury by increasing the rate and amount of blood flow, initiating the healing process of the affected tissues. However, compliance with treatment and rehabilitation recommendations are important factors in achieving optimal results.
If you have the following symptoms, Graston Treatment can help…
- Are you afraid of trying new sports due to pain?
- Avoiding participating in social activities in fear of re-injury?
- Saying no to adventures?
- Regretting not seeing someone sooner for your pain?
- Missing out on your personal goals?
Common Injuries Successfully Treated With Graston Therapy
Previous injury or injuries that constantly flare up when you try to pursue new activities.
Repetitive Strain Injuries
Unrelenting neck pain from working at your desk? Wrist or shoulder pain from performing the same movements at your day job over and over again?
Tendons that inflammed due to an acute injury or prone to injury from an overuse activity.
Reduced range or tight muscles from a previous injury? Activities limited because of reduced range in your muscles and joints?
Injured tissue often repairs itself in a haphazard fashion resulting in restricted range, decreased function and sometimes pain.
Poor Movement Patterns
Golf game technique struggling? Often we fall into compensatory patterns when we are injured that result in reduced quality of movement.
Online Treatment Also Available
Although Video Consultations aren’t a new service, it may be new to you. And you may have some concerns or questions that need to be answered before you start treatment. Consider our no charge video consult where you will get all of your questions answered by a registered physiotherapist.
5 Benefits of Graston Therapy
Graston Therapy can provide the following benefits and help you reach your goals – pain free!
Increased Blood Flow
Graston treatment encourages new growth and development of tiny blood vessels called capillaries. These capillaries bring nutrients and cells to the target tissue to promote growth and healing.
Often scar tissue adheres to healthy tissue and can affect quality of movement which often result in pain. Graston Tools can address the underlying tissue at multiple layers and effectivley improve movement, thus reducing painful activity.
Graston therapy not only addresses the physical tissues, but it can also affect the neural activity of the mechanoreceptors in your skin. The Graston tools can reduce pain and improve the awareness of the target tissue.
Mobilize Scar Tissue
Graston therapy is a great treatment tool to boost your current treatment regime and is very safe and effective for your injury. The treatment is applied to the target tissue and can address multiple layers. In doing so, the Graston tools can mobilize and break up adhesions to reduce pain, improve range and overall function.
Stimulates an Inflammatory Response
The Graton tools have a specific angled beveled edge that allows multiple layers of tissues to be addressed. When the tools break down scar tissue, the inflammatory response is triggered in which new tissue growth and healing follows.