Graston Technique for Treatment of Injuries
Graston Technique ® utilizes patented stainless steel instruments, uniquely shaped, to treat different areas of the body. The weight and design of the various instruments allow clinicians to effectively treat deep tissue dysfunctions, while preventing the stress associated with manual therapy on their own extremities.
When the instruments contact the adhesions, the patient and clinician will notice a distinct feeling of going over a “speed bump” or gravel-like grittiness. Graston Technique breaks down and releases these “speed bumps” or scar tissue. Over time, this process generally will reduce or eliminate the adhered fibers, restoring function and eliminating the pain associated with it.
Injuries will be treated at the site of pain or scar tissue; however, clinicians will scan the surrounding areas, following the kinetic chain to find if there is an underlying cause of the injury. Often the clinician will treat the region in a position or movement that causes the pain or mimics the sports movement pattern. For example, a golfer who has lead shoulder pain at the top of the backswing and into the downswing may be treated in these positions and movements. Also, a key benefit to patients is they are able to engage in everyday activity or sport during treatment.