The Graston Technique is a fairly new treatment option that enables clinicians to detect and treat scar tissue and restrictions that impair normal function. The Graston Technique® is successful in effectively treating all soft tissue conditions, whether they are chronic or acute and post surgical. The Graston Technique® offers many advantages to the patient such as:
Decreases overall time of treatmentFosters faster Rehabilitation/Recovery/Reduces need for anti-inflammatory medication.
Resolves chronic conditions thought to be permanent.
Separates and breads down collagen cross-links and splays and stretches connective tissue and muscle fibers
Increases skin temperature
Facilitates reflex changes in the chronic muscle holding pattern
Increases the rate and amount of blood flow to and from the area
Increases cellular activity in the region, including fibroblasts and mast cells
Increases histamine response secondary to mast cell activity
Why is scar tissue a problem?
A. Scar tissue limits range of motion, and in many instances causes pain, which prevents the patient from functioning as he or she did before the injury.
How is scar tissue different from other tissue?
A.When viewed under a microscope, normal tissue can take a couple of different fashions: dense, regular elongated fibers running in the same direction, such as tendons and ligaments; or dense, irregular and loose with fibers running in multiple directions. In either instance, when tissue is damaged it will heal in a haphazard pattern--or scarring--that results in a restricted range of motion and, very often, pain. Back to Top
How are the instruments used?
A.The Graston Technique® instruments are used to enhance the clinician's ability to detect adhesions, scar tissue or restrictions in the affected areas. Skilled clinicians use the stainless steel instruments to comb over and "catch" on fibrotic tissue, which immediately identifies the areas of restriction. Once the tissue has been identified, the instruments are used to break up the scar tissue so it can be absorbed by the body. Back to Top
Is the treatment painful?
A.It is common to experience minor discomfort during the procedure and some bruising afterwards. This is a normal response and part of the healing process. Back to Top
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