It’s official! Graston Technique has made its debut at Cutting Edge Physical Therapy!
We’re sure you’re first question is:
What is Graston Technique?
So we’re going to give you a breakdown of what this wondrous technique is and why we are so excited about it!
What is Graston Technique (GT)?
We’re glad you asked! So the long definition is a unique, evidence-based form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM) that enables clinicians to effectively address scar tissue, fascial restrictions and range of motion through comprehensive training, resulting in improved patient outcomes.
For those out there that have no idea what any of that meant, the short version is an instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization that breaks down adhesions between tissue layers and muscle fibers. That definition may sound a bit scary, but we promise that it’s not!
What is soft tissue?
So because GT has so much to do with soft tissue, it would help to know exactly what soft tissue is and why it is so important.
The soft connective tissue, located just under the skin, is a white membrane that wraps and comments the muscles, bones, nerves, and blood vessels of the body.
Soft tissue is also called fascia.
Think of it like the white fuzz inside an orange peel, connecting the “skin” and the “meat” of the orange.
At times, the muscles and fascia are not stretched enough and they become stuck or tear, which results in soft tissue injuries or adhesions. The outcome? You’ll have restricted muscle movement, pain, soreness and reduced flexibility.
Why Graston Technique?
GT providers (aka our therapists) can detect these adhesions and restrictions using specially designed stainless steel instruments, along with appropriate therapeutic exercise. What’s cool about these instruments is that they also are used diagnostically to follow the kinetic chain, to locate and treat the cause of the symptom as well as the specific area of pain.
GT instruments have been clinically proven to achieve quicker and better outcomes in treating acute and chronic conditions, including:
- Achilles Tendinosis/itis
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Cervical Sprain/Strain (Neck Pain)
- Laternal Epicondylosis/itis (Tennis Elbow)
- Lumbar Sprain/Strain (Back Pain)
- Medial Epicondylosis/itis (Golfer’s Elbow)
- Patellofemoral Disorders (Knee Pain)
- Plantar Fasciitis (Foot Pain)
- Rotator Cuff Tendinosis/itis (Shoulder Pain)
- Scar Tissue
- Shin Splints
- Trigger Finger
- Women’s Health (Post-Mastectomy and Caesarean Scarring)
Did you know that GT is the soft tissue treatment most requested by patients worldwide?
So, here’s also why GT gets us so excited and why you should get excited too:
- Decreases overall time of treatment
- Fosters faster rehabilitation/recovery
- Reduces need for anti-inflammatory medication
- Resolves chronic conditions thought to be permanent
- Provides an efficient way to maintain optimal range of motion
If you would like to learn more about Graston technique, check out the slideshow below or you can check out the Graston Technique website now by clicking here.