Clinicians use Graston Technique’s stainless-steel instruments to comb over and “catch” on fibrotic tissue, which immediately identifies areas of restriction. Once the tissue has been identified, clinicians use the instruments to address scar tissue so it can be absorbed by the body.
How does this treatment work?
Patients will first receive a thorough evaluation of the injured area. After coming to the conclusion that GT is the best option, the patient will warm the tissue with an exercise. After the tissue is warmed, the clinician will apply GT to the area. After treatment, the patient will perform either a stretch or strengthening exercise to help facilitate proper alignment of the scar tissue fibers. Most sessions last between 12-20 minutes depending on the size of the treatment area. Patients usually receive 1-2 treatment sessions per week for 4-5 weeks for maximum relief. By the end of the 4th session, patients should see significant change.
The benefits of GT therapy include creating an environment for tissue to recover faster and more efficiently, resolution of chronic issues thought to be chronic, and the ability for patients to continue their normal activities of daily living. The conditions (multiple ailments) that respond most effectively to GT include Achilles Tendinitis/osis, CTS, cervical/lumbar sprain/strain, fibromyalgia, tennis/golfer’s elbow, patellofemoral disorders, plantar fasciitis, rotator cuff tendinitis/osis, shin splints, trigger finger, scar healing. Better performance: Immediate increases in range of motion and decreases in pain will be felt following treatment. With adherence to exercise recommendations, the benefits gained from GT will be long lasting. GT is one of the most effective soft tissue therapies aimed at restoring normal function and boosting performance.