What is Graston Technique®?

Graston Technique® is an evidence-based form of instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization to detect and break down scar tissue and fascial restrictions, as well as maintain optimal range of motion.

If you’ve ever “googled” or spoken to somebody who had heard of Graston, I’m sure it evoked some form of torture. However, Graston has been proven to treat common long-term soft tissue (muscle, nerve, tendon and fascia) injuries.

How does it work?
To gain better understanding of how Graston works, you must understand the body’s muscle tissue. As a muscle is overworked, or even during strengthening, micro-tears are created in the muscle fibers. Once the muscles start to build back up, this creates scar tissue/adhesions within the muscle fibers (as seen below) causing what many term as “knots”.

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Think of it as using stainless steel instruments to smooth out knots within your muscles. The Graston tools help the therapist to detect the location of the damaged tissue through feel and sound.

With the use of specialized tools and comprehensive training, a certified Graston therapist is able to effectively address scar tissue, chronic inflammation, and adhesions which improves patient outcomes.

Side effects:
Due to the fact that the therapist is actually re-introducing a bit of trauma to the affected area, temporary inflammation and blood flow occurs. This may create a temporary reddening of the skin/tissue.

While there can be some slightly uncomfortable moments during the Graston process, this is dependent on the severity of the injury; however, the pain is not constant, and the certified therapists knows to apply only deeper pressures for short periods of time.

Commonly injuries in which Graston is used:

Muscle strains
Achilles tendinitis
Plantar fasciitis
Fibromyalgia
Cervical pain
Hamstring strain
Lateral epicondylitis
Rotator cuff tendinitis
Carpal tunnel syndrome
Scar pain
Ligament sprains
Ankle sprain
Patella Femoral Syndrome
Hip pain
Low back pain
ITB Tendinitis
Medial epicondylitis
Adhesive capsulitis
Wrist tendinitis

Graston will not be used solely in your therapy session; it is used as a tool in addition to other treatments to help aid in recovery. Incorporating stretching and strengthening exercises with the instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization aids in remodeling the injured tissue, which will help lead you on the road to recovery!

Want to know if Graston Technique® could help you? Give us a call at 992-4000!

 

 

 

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What is Cupping?

fullsizerenderMyofascial Cupping, as it’s technical term, is a technique that uses negative pressure to create a suctioning effect to lift tissue. The tissue can then be moved/rolled across the body by the therapist to decompress underlying tissue.

Cupping dates back to ancient Greece and is common practice in traditional Chinese medicine.

How does it work?

  • Softens tight muscles and tone attachments
  • Loosens adhesions and lifts connective tissue
  • Brings hydration and blood flow to body tissues
  • Increases fluid movement which assists in recovery (i.e. decreased edema)
    • Increases nutrient-rich blood supply to injured area

What is it used for?

Poor Circulation
Sciatica
Low Back Pain
Chronic Pain
Muscular Aches
Pre- & Post-Operative Conditions
Bursitis/Tendonitis
Scoliosis
Myofascial pain syndrome
Carpal Tunnel Migraine & Tension Headache
ITB Syndrome
TMJ Dysfunction
Arthritis
Neuralgia
Athletic Stress & Injury
Plantar Fasciitis
Scars & Adhesions
Fibromyalgia

  • Cupping used as an adjunctive treatment combined with therapeutic exercises and manual work to maximize effect
    • Modified through a range of techniques, from lymphatic drainage to deep tissue release
    • Complements many health modalities such as medical massage and physical therapy

Side effects:

  • Some patients might experience slight discomfort or a tugging sensation when the skin is pulled up by suction
  • Patients may notice a circular bruise or redness
    • As the result of the skin being tugged upwards, sometimes capillaries under the surface of the skin tend to expand after the cup is removed, drawing blood toward the surface of the skin.