The Graston Technique
The Graston technique helps to repair and rehabilitate soft tissue damage. It is a form of manual therapy known as soft-tissue instrument-assisted mobilization. It is one of a number of manual therapy approaches that uses specialized instruments to massage/scraping the skin.
The goals for the Graston Technique are: breaking down scar tissue and fascia restrictions that are usually associated with some form of trauma to the soft tissue. It can reduce restrictions by stretching connective tissues to rearrange the structure of the soft tissue being treated. In that manner it creates a better healing environment of the injured soft tissue. The inflammation created by Graston benefits the injury by increasing the rate and amount of blood flow thereby initiating the healing process of the affected tissues. By using the Graston Technique to break down the scar tissue and fascia restrictions it results in restoring function to strained muscles, pulled ligaments, and injured tendons/fascia caused by soft tissue trauma. The result is reducing pain and increasing function.
The Graston Technique can be painful to some, it can cause the type of temporary discomfort that occurs during manual therapy. It can also create some bruising, which is normal. It is important to know that not everyone who has a soft tissue injury is a good candidate for the treatment. If any soreness is felt after the procedure, ice application for 15 minutes following the treatment may ease the discomfort. Drink a lot of water to flush out the toxins the Graston Technique has released from your muscles. It is recommended that an exercise, stretching, and strengthening program be used in conjunction with the Graston Technique to rehabilitate the back and help the injured tissues heal.
For both acute and chronic Plantar Fasciitis, the Graston Technique has become the therapy of choice for many practitioners. The Graston Technique has been shown to decrease pain and increase function. The treatment can gently stretches the plantar fascia in the foot, eventually allowing it to handle more force as you walk and run.
The Graston Technique is good for your skin type. It can not only improve the look of your skin, but it may also help you get rid of cellulite. People are using the Graston Technique to decrease cellulite. The treatments stretch the connective tissues, evening it out and removing those crevices. Several variables can affect how long it will take before a patient sees results from the Graston Technique. Some experience noticeable relief and improved mobility after just one session. However, the company says most patients can expect to have a positive response by their third or fourth treatment.