The Graston technique is one of the newest innovations in the diagnosis and management of conditions affecting the skeletal muscles and the connective tissues, used extensively by your local Tampa chiropractor. It involves the use of special stainless steel tools to detect and treat the skeletal disorders. Specifically, it uses a collection of six stainless steel tools made for specific body parts to palpate for the presence of problems in the muscles and the same six tools are used to provide the required therapy. A Graston technique is performed by a licensed practitioner especially trained to use the patented Graston instruments. To know more about Graston technique, this article discusses the mechanism, indications and contraindications of the procedure.
The Mechanism of the Garston Technique
How does the Graston technique works? The Graston technique is a therapy using soft tissue mobilization to break down or separate scar tissues to promote skeletal muscle health. The use of the stainless steel tools against the body actually helps achieve this ultimate goal. When a practitioner rubs the tools in specific areas of the body, it detects the specific locations of scar tissues. Graston technique is also used for the stretching of muscles and also connective tissues to improve flexibility of the affected or the scarred soft tissue.
Using the tools, practitioners employ a specialized form of massage to identify the areas in the body with restriction. Since the tools are solid, the rubbing of the tools against the muscles will identify the areas of fibrotic tissue wherein the practitioner cannot comb over the material smoothly against the body.
Once the fibrotic or the scar tissue is identified, the same set of stainless steel tools are used to provide a brushing action against the affected part. The main premise of the procedure is to provide small levels of injury or trauma or the scarred tissue, which will initiate a new inflammation cascade; thereby, allowing the affected area to heal better. The brushing of the tools against the affected body part also improves the blood circulation to help the scar tissue heal faster. Although this mechanism lacks full scientific evidence or support, people who have undergone the Graston technique had very good feedback on the effectiveness of the procedure.
Indications of Graston Technique
The Graston technique is used to manage a variety of conditions that lead to scar tissue formation including:
- Back pain
- Muscle strain in various parts of the body
- Pulled ligaments and tendons
- Athletic injuries
- Physical fatigue
- Other soft tissue injuries
Contraindications of Garston Technique
Graston technique is generally safe for musculoskeletal conditions; however, the procedure should not be performed in the presence of the following conditions:
- Hypertension or high blood pressure
- Open wound on the affected or fibrotic part
- Tumor or cancer
- Pregnancy (the Graston technique cannot be performed along the spine, abdomen, and pelvis)
There is still no sufficient evidence on the use of Garston technique. Nevertheless, if you suffer from conditions such as back pain, consult a licensed practitioner to discuss your treatment options and how Graston technique can help you.