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What Is The Graston Technique and How Does It Work?

Graston Technique (GT) is a phenomenal way to break up scar tissues, knots, muscle spasms, and anything that causes a restricted range of motion that prevents an athletic from performing at their best or anybody else from doing what they love.

How it works is a therapist will use a surgical stainless steel instrument.

The rounded edges (not sharp at all) on the instrument makes it very precise and allows the clinician to identify problem areas and treat the issue much more precisely than they could do with their own fingertips.

Also, it allows the Chiropractor or Physiotherapist to get deep into the tissue which is key to invoking benefits while being sensitive to the patient’s pain.

The therapist will first scan through the problem area with the instrument. What they are looking for is areas that feel gritty and smooth. Many times the gritty areas will become red. This is normal with this technique. Then they will work through the gritty area or restrictive area by using a cross friction massage.

They also use these instruments to identify fibrosis or dysfunctional soft tissues that cause issues.

There are many benefits to using the Graston Technique…

Graston technique demo courtesy of Full Function Rehab & Wellness (Read the caption)

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The Ultimate Guide to The Graston Technique

What Are The Benefits Of The Graston Technique?

Faster rehabilitation and recovery time. Whether from surgery or workouts.

Reduces the need for anti-inflammatory medications.

Repair and strengthen muscles.

Can resolve conditions that would otherwise be considered permanent.

Other benefits include:

Speeds Up Recovery After Workouts

If you ever experienced soreness or that achy feeling after a tough workout then the Graston technique can help you recover faster. It does this by increasing blood flow to your muscles and funneling in more nutrients to the injured area. Which results in faster recovery from workouts and surgery.

Speed Up Recovery From Plantar Fascitis

Plantar Fascitis is a painful condition that can take several months to fully heal. Graston Technique is the go-to treatment for this condition because it decreases inflammation, breaks up scar tissue, reduces pain, and restores the normal range of motion in the foot. Many plantar fasciitis patients see results in as little as one visit.

Graston Technique benefits courtesy of Full Function Rehab & Wellness (Read the caption)

When it Works, You See Results Fast

As with other treatment options which can take months before you know if it will work or not. With Graston, you’ll know after just 6-12 treatments. Studies have found that Graston Technique is an effective treatment to ease pain and improve function in less than 3 months.

Decreases Pain

The cross friction massage promotes blood flow delivering oxygen and nutrients to the injured area to accelerate healing. This process can also clean up waste and inflammatory chemicals that can slow down healing. This is what makes this technique so effective.

Increase and Restore Normal Range of Motion

Scar tissue, inflammation, and pain can restrict movement in your joints. The Graston Technique can break up these restrictions to allow you to move more freely without restrictions.

Breaks Up Scar Tissue (Graston Technique Scar tissue)

You see, scar tissue naturally occurs after injury which can restrict or slow down the natural healing processes in your body.  When you break up scar tissue as GT does, it allows the natural healing mechanisms in your body to swarm toward the injured area to begin repairing the muscle and soft tissues immediately.

What is Graston Technique all about courtesy of Spine & Sports Clinic  (Read the caption)

How Does It Work?

The therapist uses the instrument to perform a cross-friction massage. This involves rubbing against the scar tissue to reintroduce small amounts of trauma to the problem area. When you do this it triggers a natural healing mechanism known as an anti-inflammatory response to enhance healing and recovery.

There are 6 different types of Graston therapy technique Instruments. All different sizes and shapes to work on all body parts. There are Graston technique back, Graston technique calf,
Graston technique for sciatica, Graston technique for lower back, Graston technique tennis elbow, and othe body parts.

What is Graston tool courtesy of Peak Health & Performance (Read the caption)

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What To Expect During Treatment

This type of treatment can cause discomfort. Just like a deep tissue massage, it can be a little painful but after most feel great. For some people, it gives that “hurts so good feeling”.

What Do I Do After Graston Technique?

After, your therapist will typically have you perform some light stretching to compliment the treatment.

Then apply a cold pack to decrease inflammation, swelling, and bruising caused by this technique. Ice should be applied for 15 minutes on and 15 minutes off. You should repeat this process several times after treatment.

How Many Treatments Are Required?

The number of physical therapy treatments required depends on the individual’s goals, your therapist’s assessment, and the type of injury. Typically it takes 6-12 treatments done 1-2 times per week with at least 48 hours in between each session.

Is Graston Therapy Right For You?

The Graston Technique can be effective at restoring movement so that you can get back to doing what you love. Now results can vary from patient to patient but typically patients notice improvements by the end of the first or 2nd week. If you want to find out if this technique can work for you then schedule a free consult with one of our Graston technique providers below.

Conditions Successfully Treated With Graston Therapy

Graston Technique has been shown effective in the treatment of:

Frequently Asked Questions

The session lasts for about 10 minutes.
This is not one of those therapies that take a long time before you see results. Many experience results after just the first treatment. If after 6-12 treatments you still don’t see results. Then this treatment is right for you.
Yes, typically bruising and pain can occur after the first session. This is a normal response from your body to start the healing process. However, typically goes go away within a few days.

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