The Graston Technique is a special technique designed to manage both chronic and acute soft tissue injuries and conditions. It is a soft tissue improvement technique that doctors and your Wesley Chapel chiropractor use to break up myofascial adhesions as well as scar tissues. This technique uses specially designed instruments made from stainless steel to be used for treatment purposes.
The Garston technique utilizes six varied stainless steel instruments with various edges and curves. These six instruments have special purposes depending on the area to be treated. The varied edges and curves cater to the contours of specific body parts.
Using the instruments, doctors may identify with high-level of accuracy the areas of soft tissue restrictions or adhesions. After which, the doctor would know where to direct treatments. Using the beveled edges of the instruments, doctors may also apply specific pressures to the area with soft tissue problems.
The application of pressure in the area of restrictions is able to break down scar tissues and myofascial adhesions effectively with high-level of accuracy. When Graston technique is employed, it produces a local inflammatory reaction to the area to repair or remodel the affected soft tissues.
The Graston technique is considered part of the rehabilitation program of people who suffered a soft tissue injury. It aims to return the patient to its pre-injury state; thereby promoting maximum well-being.
Benefits of Graston Technique
The Garston technique offers the following benefits for patients:
• It provides faster recovery or rehabilitation
Most problems in soft tissue injuries involve the development of scar tissues and myofascial conditions that limit a person’s range of motion and functionality. Using Graston technique, the scar tissues and myofascial adhesions are removed to allow the patient to return to optimum level of functioning.
• It manages chronic conditions that are believed to be permanent
Since scar tissues are thought to be permanent, some chronic conditions are not managed very well. Using Graston technique, doctors effectively improve the conditions of patients with chronic soft tissue injuries.
• It reduces the need to take anti-inflammatory medications
Patients with soft tissue injuries require anti-inflammatory medications to relieve pain and swelling. However, in Graston technique, the inflammation is greatly reduced making the person less needy of anti-inflammatory drugs.
• It reduces the recovery period
The recovery period of patients is also greatly reduced when Graston technique is employed. Since inflammation and pain is reduced to significant levels, patients will only require fewer days to recover from the soft tissue injuries.
The Graston technique also benefits people with various soft tissue conditions such as:
• Lateral Epicondylitis or tennis elbow
• Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
• Achilles Tendinitis or ankle pain
• Rotator Cuff Tendinitis or shoulder tendinitis
• Patellofemoral Disorders Medial Epicondylitis or Golfer’s elbow
• Shin Splints
• Lumbar Sprain/Strain or lower back pains
• Plantar Fasciitis or foot and arch pain
• Cervical Sprain/Strain or neck pains
• Trigger Points
• Muscle Spasms
• Muscle Pulls
The therapeutic effects of Graston technique is usually seen after the 3rd or 4th treatment session. Patients usually need two treatments in a week for four to five weeks.
The benefits of the Graston technique are already supported by various studies so it is considered evidenced-based. People who need treatment for soft-tissue injuries should consider undergoing this treatment modality.