As a physical Therapist our main objective is to get our patients well and back to a more functional state. We have a myriad of therapeutic modalities and types of exercises that may be implemented for the most optimal outcome. One of the less conventional and well known is the use of Graston Technique.
After an injury, our bodies develop scar tissue during the healing process, not only on the skin, but in deep tissues, muscles, tendons and joints. Over time it can excessively build up and become fibrous and knotted, leading to pain and dysfunction. The Graston Technique instruments allow the physical therapist to detect and treat areas of scar tissue and adhesions by separating individual fibers of tissue and “combing” out the restrictions, which allow deeper penetration in the tissue.
Graston Technique uses any one of six tools made of stainless steel that are either convex or concave-shaped. The tool’s rounded, smooth edges are used to scan over the injured area and give direct feedback to the practitioner. The vibration, and quality of the tissue is amplified though the instrument. The scar tissue or abnormal tissue glide is treated directly and successfully by allowing the therapist to introduce a controlled amount of micro trauma into the area of excessive scar tissue or soft tissue fibrosis. Every instrument is designed for a different area of the body based on contour and specific tissue needs.
Patients with any type of soft tissue dysfunction can benefit from the Graston Technique in conjunction with an individual therapy program incorporating stretching and strengthening exercises. We have had particular success for conditions resulting from soft tissue injuries and overuse such as lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow), medial epicondylitis (golfer’s elbow) rotator cuff tendinosis (shoulder pain), plantar fasciitis, shin splints and Achilles tendonitis, and patellofemoral disorders (knee pain). The Graston Technique has also shown positive results for treatment of chronic conditions of the tissues such as myofascial pain syndrome and carpal tunnel syndrome (wrist pain)
Graston Technique works by:
- Invoking an inflammatory process, which in turn increases the blood flow to the area, promoting the natural healing process.
- Increasing the pliability of soft tissue and is always used in conjunction with passive stretching to improve flexibility.
- Breaking down scar tissue formed after injury.
- Increasing activity of fibroblast cells which are responsible for building new, strong soft tissue.
Rehab Connection has several Graston trained therapists. Please feel free to contact us at our main office (856) 547-4422 if you have further questions or would like to schedule an appointment.