Graston Technique is a trademarked therapeutic procedure which used to diagnose and treat disorders related to connective tissue and skeletal muscles. This method employs the use of six stainless steel tools of different sizes and shapes. These tools are used by practitioners to detect and eliminate muscle adhesions and break down scar tissues. The practitioners have to be licensed by Parent Corporation to use the trademark technique or for that matter the patented tools.
What Is It Actually?
The Graston Technique was developed by an athlete named David Gratson who was trying to treat his knee injury and sculpted some tools that aided in the massage and treatment of the injury. With time the technique has undergone some changes and at the moment this technique is widely used by different athletic teams, clubs, doctors, chiropractors and physicians all around the world. This technique is an innovative form of soft tissue mobilization with assistance from some patented instruments that help in treating areas exposed to chronic inflammation or soft tissue fibrosis. This is a manual therapy form and involves massaging/scraping the skin very gently.
How Is It Applied?
For this therapy to work, the patient has to let the practitioner know the injured parts of his body. The Graston Technique is a modified technique from the traditional hands-on mobilization. Here the therapists use specially designed instruments to introduce a controlled amount of micro trauma in the area where the scaring is excessive and/or fibrosis (soft tissue damages) is present, in the hopes that this would invoke the inflammatory response that augment and accentuate the healing process. This procedure also reduces the stress on the therapists.
It is beneficial in breaking down the fascial restrictions and the scar tissue adhesions including detaching the areas with chronic inflammation and/or fibrosis. Graston is also known to be helpful in conditions like tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, cervical strain/sprain, acute/chronic muscle pain, sports injury, post surgical scarring and Achilles tendinosis. With almost 20,000 therapists practicing this technique worldwide, it is not just commonly used in amateur but professional sports as well. The benefits of Graston Technique is that it helps the body heal at a very fast pace and contributes in effective rehabilitation after surgery or injury and relieves the muscle or nerve pain while improving the mobility and flexibility of the problem area.
Chiropractic Care And Gratson Technique
Chiropractors have been known to use this technique very effectively. Combined with their knowledge about the biomechanics of the body, the effectiveness of Gratson tools are more refined and enhanced. Chiropractic care involving a seasoned chiropractor and Gratson Technique has been quite popular.
After being treated with Graston treatment, one can feel the difference after the first visit itself and full recovery usually comes about by the 4th or 6th visit to the therapist. The practitioner utilizes the appropriate Graston technique instrument for scanning and treating different areas of the body. So if you have suffered from an injury and it does not seem to heal properly, you can definitely give this technique a try.