Graston Soft Tissue Technique

What is the Graston Technique®?

Graston Technique® is an innovative, instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization that enables doctors to detect and effectively break down scar tissue and fascial restrictions, as well as maintain optimal range of motion. This non-invasive technique uses specially designed stainless steel instruments to help doctors identify and treat areas exhibiting soft tissue fibrosis (scar tissue) or chronic inflammation.

  • Decreases overall time of treatment
  • Fosters faster rehabilitation/recovery
  • Reduces need for anti-inflammatory medication
  • Resolves chronic conditions thought to be permanent

What Conditions Does the Graston Technique® Help to Treat?

Graston Technique® clinically proven to achieve faster and better outcomes for acute and chronic conditions such as Achilles Tendonitis, Carpal Tunnel, Adhesive Capsulitis, IT Band Syndrome, Lumbar Strain and Plantar Fasciitis.

What are Fibrosis and Fascial Restrictions?

Scars are areas of fibrous tissue (fibrosis) that replace normal skin (and other tissues) after injury of the body. Thus, scarring is a natural part of the healing process. With the exception of very minor lesions, every wound (e.g., after accident, disease, or surgery) results in some degree of scarring. Scar tissue is composed of the same protein (collagen) as the tissue that it replaces, but the fiber composition of the protein is different. This collagen scar tissue alignment is usually of inferior functional quality to the normal collagen alignment.

How does Graston Technique® Work?

GT allows doctors to get as deep into the tissue as necessary to invoke change, yet be sensitive to your pain and tolerance. As the instruments are moved over the affected area and come in contact with the adhesions, they help break up scar tissue and fascial restrictions. In time, this process will reduce or eliminate the adhered fibers, restoring range of motion and eliminating the associated pain. It will help transform your soft tissue injury into healthy functioning tissue.

Treating a soft-tissue injury can, at times, be uncomfortable. However, the use of GT instruments allows doctors to better administer the level of pressure applied. Even though soreness can occur during your treatment, Elite Chiropractic doctors have been specially trained to recognize treatment symptoms and adjust while the patient still receives the treatment benefits.

The Graston Technique® does not need to be considered "painful" to be effective. Let your doctor know if you are experiencing discomfort anytime during treatment. Patients usually receive two treatments per week during a four-to-five week period. Most patients have a positive response by the third to fourth treatment.

In conclusion

Graston Technique® is accepted nationwide by elite athletes and everyday patients, as one of the most effective treatments for rehabilitation and range of motion maintenance, especially when combined with other treatment modalities such as exercise.

If you suffer from one of these conditions, schedule an appointment today.

  • Achilles Tendinosis/itis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cervical Sprain/Strain (Neck Pain)
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Lateral Epicondylosis/itis (Tennis Elbow)
  • Lumbar Sprain/Strain (Back Pain)
  • Medial Epicondylosis/itis (Golfer's Elbow)
  • Patellofemoral Disorders (Knee Pain)
  • Plantar Fasciitis (Foot Pain)
  • Rotator Cuff Tendinosis/itis (Shoulder Pain)
  • Scar Tissue
  • Shin Splints
  • Trigger Finger
  • Women's Health (Post-Mastectomy and Caesarean Scarring)