Graston Technique

The Graston Technique incorporates a patented form of instrument-assisted soft-tissue mobilization that enables clinicians to effectively detect and treat scar tissue and fascial restrictions that affect normal function. This technique provides relief, faster recovery and decreases pain.

Graston Technique Therapy

Why is scar tissue a problem?

After an injury tissue will go through 3 phases of repair including inflammation, proliferation and remodeling, during this process destroyed tissue is replaced by granulation tissue which matures to form scar tissue. Scar tissue may build up around muscles, tendons and ligaments, which results in pain and restricted range of motion.

Benefits of the Graston Technique

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

Instruments used in the Graston Technique

A stainless-steel instrument is used to comb over and "catch" on fibrotic tissue to identify the areas of restriction. Once found, the instrument is used to gently break apart the scar tissue so it can be absorbed by the body.

How are the instruments used?

This technique uses specially designed, uniqually edged stainless steel instruments with angles to deliver effective results and accomodate the shoulders, elbows, wrists, knees and ankles.

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 four to five weeks. Most patients have a positive response by the third or fourth treatment.

Graston Therapy Physiological Effects

  • Breaks down collagen cross-links and stretches connective tissue and muscle fibers

  • Increases skin temperature and the amount of blood flow to and from the area
  • Facilitates reflex changes in the chronic muscle holding pattern

  • Increases cellular activity in the region, including fibroblast and mast cells