What is the Graston Technique?
The Graston Technique is an advanced form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization which enables clinicians to effectively break down scar tissue and fascial restrictions. Graston Technique is performed with patented stainless steel instruments designed to effectively detect and treat areas exhibiting soft-tissue fibrosis.
First Hand Experience:
Leigh Ray travelled to London in 2005 and worked in some of the best Physiotherapy Practices in England (including Harley Street Physiotherapy) until 2008. Whilst in Surrey she worked as a physio, where the Practice Principle trained her in the Graston Technique. She found that it worked best with chronic scar tissue (fibrosed scar tissue > 3 months post injury) and chronic tendinopathies (> 3 months inflammation of tendons).
Whilst in England she was able to treat many conditions that did not respond to traditional treatments.
These conditions included:
- Keloid scars
- Scar tissue of any type (even up to 2 years old), particularly scars from operations (including sensitive scars from bunions to masectomies)
- Tendinopathies that have been ignored and no longer respond to conventional treatment (such as; tennis elbow, Achilles Tendinopathy, nerve entrapment due to adhesions, etc).
Research conducted by Graston Technique trained clinicians at Ball Memorial Hospital and Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana, found that the controlled micro trauma induced through Graston Technique protocol, increased the amount of fibroblasts to the treated area. That amount of inflammation to the scar tissue helps initiate the healing cascade. The structure of the tissue is rearranged, and damaged tissue is replaced by new tissue. Ice is then applied to reduce the pain and exercise is implemented to increase function and range of motion.
Testimonials from Physicians:
"The Graston Technique Instruments allow a deeper, more sensitive palpation and treatment of fibrotic restricted tissue."
—Warren I. Hammer, MS, DC, DABCO