While some doctors/patients have heard of the Graston Technique® (GT), some have not. With that in mind, the following explains what is and how it is used at our clinic.
Scar tissue is a normal response to trauma and part of the healing process,
however, the excessive amount associated with injuries, surgeries, and
other conditions can lead to a variety of complications ranging from pain,
limited range of motion, postural changes and damage to tendons, ligaments
and joints. These in turn lead to compromised function, fatigue and reduced
physical activity, creating a vicious cycle. If the amount of scar tissue
can be reduced and normal movement patterns re-established via appropriate
manual and physical therapy, patients can experience significant pain
relief and restored function.
Graston Technique® currently is used by more than 16,000 clinicians and by more than 250 professional and amateur sports organizations. Clinicians are treating elite athletes, patients and employees every day and counting on GT to get them injury free to function at the highest level.
Consistent with these fundamental concepts, the staff at Cutting Edge are strong believers in the power of manual therapy to optimize physical therapy outcomes. Although we use a range of manual techniques, Graston is something we find particularly useful for treating conditions such as plantar fasciitis, tendinopathies, neural tension and soft tissue fibrosis.
GT is an instrument-assisted patented soft tissue mobilization method that uses a series of precisely weighted and shaped stainless-steel tools. The instruments amplify "issues in the tissues" allowing the therapist to better identify tissue adhesions, scar tissue formation, fibrotic tissue, and restrictions. In addition to acting as a diagnostic aid, the tools can also be used to release adhesions, breakdown scar tissue, and normalize blood flow. This helps restore muscle and fascial length so that optimal movement patterns and range of motion can be re-established. Although the Graston Technique is still new, it has been widely adopted by health institutions and athletic teams. Consistently, the number of case studies supporting its use in the clinic is steadily growing.
We should note that there are other brands of instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization (ASTYM, Edge); however, Cutting Edge prefers the Graston products because they have produced superior outcomes and are made of a sanitary, non-porous stainless.
Should you have any questions about the Graston Technique, please do not hesitate to contact our office or visit http://www.grastontechnique.com/