Graston® Technique

What is Graston® Technique?

Graston Technique incorporates a patented form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization that enables clinicians to effectively detect and treat scar tissue and restrictions that affect normal function.

Physiological affects:

  • Separates and breaks down collagen cross-links, 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 fibroblast and mast cells

Why is scar tissue a problem?

Scar tissue causes restriction and limits normal range of motion. It also causes weakness, and in many instances causes pain or discomfort, which prevents the patient from functioning as he or she did before the injury.

How are the instruments used?

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 gently break up the scar tissue so it can be absorbed by the body.

Is the treatment painful?

There is a possibility that you may experience some minor discomfort during the first few procedures and some bruising may appear briefly following the treatment. This is a normal response and part of the healing process.

What is the frequency of treatment?

Patients usually receive two treatments per week over 4-5 weeks. Most patients have a positive response by the 3rd to 4th treatment.

What kind of results does Graston® Technique produce?

Historically, the Graston Technique has had positive outcomes in 75-90 percent of all conditions treated. It is equally effective in restoring function to acute and chronic injuries, and pre/post surgical patients.

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Can anyone obtain the instruments?

Only clinicians who have been trained and accredited in the Graston Technique are qualified to obtain the Graston Technique instruments and apply the technique to treat patients.

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If you would like more information about Graston Technique and/or how it may help you, please call (920)434-2221, and one of our clinicians will be more than happy to discuss it with you.