An Advanced Method to Decrease Pain and Improve Function

Graston Therapy is a soft tissue technique that allows us to detect and treat pain resulting from the following:

  1. Scar Tissue
  2. Chronic Inflammation
  3. Adhesions in muscles, tendons, and ligaments
  4. Repetitive Stress Injuries to muscles, joint capsules & connective tissues

With certain conditions over time, we can have a build-up of fibrosis scar tissue, particularly in the muscles, tendons, and ligaments in the areas of our bodies that have the most use. This scar tissue can lead to pain and dysfunction as this tissue lacks the strength and flexibility of healthy tissue. Unfortunately, in some areas of the body, it may entrap the local nerve.

The Graston Technique allows us to detect better and treat these areas because it uses a stainless steel instrument that glides along with a patient’s muscle, tendons, or ligaments, with the right amount of pressure to detect just where the scar tissue or restrictions are located. Since our body parts are connected in what is referred to as the “kinetic chain,” with the use of the Graston Instrument, it allows the clinician to follow that kinetic chain, effectively uncovering the cause of the problem, then treating the cause and the area of pain or restriction.

When these knots or bands of scar tissue are encountered, both the clinician and the patient sense a restriction, almost like a speed bump or a granular feeling. The instrument can then be used to “break up” this restriction or adhesion. After the adhesion is broken down, stretching exercises are used to promote the re-alignment of the fibers into the normal pattern of healthy tissue.

Why Graston?

The benefit of the Graston Technique is not only in the detection of restrictions or adhesions but also the acceleration of improvements which include:

  1. Decrease chronic or acute pain in a short time
  2. Improve range of motion
  3. Accelerate rehabilitation and recovery
  4. Resolve chronic conditions thought to be permanent
  5. Allow the patient to continue to engage in everyday activities

Followed by Graston Therapy, most patients have been prescribed a home exercise program that is essential to the success of their treatment. Stretching and strengthening exercises are provided to maintain the release of scar tissues, restrictions, and adhesions.

Conditions That Respond Well To Graston Technique Therapy

In our pursuit to relieve chronic pain, inflammation, and stiffness, we often encounter tightness and restrictions often associated with the buildup of scar tissue and damage caused by injuries that we’re unable to heal properly. The list of conditions that can benefit from the Graston Technique is extensive. A few of the most well-known include:

  • Tendonitis
  • Damage to the Achilles’ Tendon
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Knee injuries
  • IT Band Syndrome
  • Scarring from Cesarean Sections
  • Mastectomy Scarring
  • Rotator Cuff Injuries
  • Shin Splints
  • Neck and Cervical Pain
  • Scarring and Injuries Related to Joint Replacement Surgeries
  • Carpal/Cubital Tunnel
  • Fibromyalgia

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Especially if You Are Suffering From Chronic Pain, Lingering Discomfort, or Stiffness.

Steven M. Gillis DC Skip to content