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?

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At Market Mall Physiotherapy Calgary NW, your health is our number one priority so we’ve redesigned our clinic and safety protocols to keep you and our team safe.​

  • Appointments required
  • Masks required
  • Staff wears masks
  • Staff gets temperature checks
  • Staff required to disinfect surfaces between visits

Common Injuries Successfully Treated With Graston Therapy

  • Rotator Cuff Tendonitis
  • Biceps Tendinitis
  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Snapping Hip Syndrome
  • IT Band Friction Syndrome
  • Golfer’s Elbow
  • Myofascial Trigger Points
  • Bursitis
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Heel Spurs
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Patellar Tendinopathy
  • Calcific deposits In Tendons
  • Scar Tissue​
  • Trigger Finger
  • Shin Splints
  • Repetitive Strain Injuries
  • Patello Femoral Pain Syndrome
  • Osgoode-Schlatter’s Disease
  • All Tendonopathies
  • Heterotopic Ossification
  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Hamstring Strains
  • Groin Strains

Will Graston Technique at Calgary Help Me?

​You may benefit from a registered physiotherapist or chiropractic care administering Graston massage if you suffer from:

Chronic Pain

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?

Tendonitis

Tendons that inflammed due to an acute injury or prone to injury from an overuse activity.

Reduced Mobility

Reduced range or tight muscles from a previous injury? Activities limited because of reduced range in your muscles and joints?

Scar Tissue

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.

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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.

Decrease Pain

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.

Neurological Response

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

The actual delivery of the Graston treatment is very quick. The clinician will first assess and use the tools to assist in finding the target area. The delivery of the Graston Massage generally takes anywhere between 5-10 minutes total. However, your practitioner will most likely want to use a few other treatment techniques after the Graston treatment in order to make the treatment session even more effective.

Approaches may include:

  • Hands on manual therapy
  • Exercise to strengthen or release
  • Education
  • Acupuncture
  • Specific movement retraining
  • Posture retraining
  • Coaching for return to exercise
  • Strategies for pain or symptom management
  • Soft tissue techniques
  • Massage therapy (deep tissue massage, 
  • Active release techniques
  • Dry needling

The Graston tools used during the treatment may feel uncomfortable, but manageable. While this might seem intimidating, the benefits of the treatment significantly outweigh the temporary discomfort associated with the treatment. The Graston treatment may cause mild bruising and redness in the affected area. Muscle soreness can occur following treatment as well. Your clinician may recommend some tools to assist with managing the post treatment soreness. The machine causes some local inflammation, however this will generate more blood flow to the region and help with the healing process.

The treating provider will need to assess the injury in order to determine the appropriate number of sessions are required. However, the registered clinician can recommend anywhere between 3 to 12 sessions.

Market Mall Physiotherapy Calgary NW

  • 4935 40 Ave NW #328,
  • Calgary, AB T3A 2N1, Canada