The Graston Technique is instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization, such as a deep tissue massage. It is carefully performed to very specific areas that have been damaged. It breaks down the “bad” tissue and promotes restoration of “good” tissue. Graston enables clinicians to effectively detect and treat scar tissue and restrictions that affect normal function. With the instruments, the scar tissue can be broken down and the area can heal up spontaneously.
Many times, scar tissue is the main source of pain, limiting the joint range of motion resulting in decreasing functional abilities. The scar tissue is non-functional tissue which is progressively building up from improper use of the muscle, ligament or joint. If undetected, it will distort your body with abnormal tensions and eventually, it will stress other body parts as well.
The Graston Technique instruments are used to enhance the ability to detect adhesive scar tissue restrictions. While performing the scar tissue release, skilled practitioner can feel the roughness as well as see the activated skin response from the problem spot. Once the tissue has been identified, the instruments are used to break up the scar tissue and the area can begin healing with normal, healthy tissue.
It is common to experience minor discomfort and redness during and after the procedure for 1-2 days. This is a normal response and part of the healing process. After experiencing some soreness, patients usually feel a lot of relief with increased range of motion.
Patients usually receive 1 to 2 treatments per week over a 3-5 week period. Most patients have a positive response from the first treatment. The treatment has more benefit when performed in combination with manual therapy and exercise program.
The Graston Technique has had positive outcomes in 80–90 percent of all conditions related with scar tissues. It is equally effective in restoring function to acute and chronic injuries, and pre- and post-surgical patients. It is performed as one component of physical therapy treatment. It has the best result when combined with manual therapy, stretch and strengthening exercise program, and other modalities. Your practitioner will make your plan of care after the thorough exam in your session.