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Graston Technique®

Detects and breaks down scar tissue and adhesions to reduce pain and stiffness and increase range of motion

What is it?

Graston Technique® is a manual therapy approach using handheld stainless-steel instruments to perform a specialized form of tissue mobilization on muscle fibers. Graston Technique® enables the detection and breakdown of scar tissue or adhesions in your muscles, tendons, and ligaments that can cause pain and reduce range of motion.

Graston Technique® is not only beneficial in detecting your scar tissue, fascia restrictions, and adhesions, it also fosters faster recovery, reduces your need for anti-inflammatory medication, and resolves some chronic conditions thought to be permanent.

Graston Technique® and other forms of instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization techniques, are often used with other advanced therapeutic techniques – such as therapeutic ultrasound, electrical muscle stimulation or MLS laser therapy – to improve treatment outcomes.

How does it help patients?

We use this technique to increase your range of motion and reduce your pain through a combination of:

  • Breaking down scar tissue and fascia restrictions usually associated with some form of trauma to soft tissue (e.g., a strained muscle or a pulled ligament, tendon, or fascia).
  • Reducing restrictions by stretching connective tissue to rearrange the structure of soft tissue.
  • Promoting a better healing environment for injured soft tissue.

What conditions does it treat?

When a soft tissue injury occurs, the tissue repairs itself in a haphazard pattern, forming scar tissue. While scar tissue may not be painful, it may limit range of motion, and the ongoing stiffness can contribute to chronic pain. Graston Technique® has been effective in treating soft tissue conditions such as:

How do we perform it?

We use specialized Graston Technique® handheld instruments and the right amount of manual pressure to glide along your muscles, tendons, or ligaments to detect scar tissue or restrictions which cause pain or limit movement. When knots or bands of scar tissue are encountered, the instruments are used to “break up” the restriction or adhesion across muscle fibers.

  • Lower back muscle sprains and strains

  • Cervical sprains and strains

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome

  • Trigger finger

  • Fibromyalgia

  • Muscle strains

  • IT band syndrome

  • Joint sprains

  • Knee pain

  • Plantar fasciitis and foot pain

  • Tendinosis

  • Shin splints

  • Post-fracture pain

  • Painful scars

  • Women’s health, including post-mastectomy and caesarean scarring