A New Way to Treat Soft Tissue Injuries
Graston Technique®: A Synopsis
Graston Technique® is an interdisciplinary treatment currently used by over 6,500 clinicians across the globe. Many chiropractors, athletic trainers, hand therapists, physical therapists, and occupational therapists have successfully used GT to treat their patients’ sports injuries and similar ailments.
At present, GT is used at around 700 outpatient facilities and industrial on-sites, as well as over 120 amateur and professional sports organizations. It is also taught at 29 colleges and universities.
Developed by athletes, Graston Technique® is rapidly changing the way patients and clinicians—including sports chiropractors, athletic trainers, occupational therapists, and physical therapists—manage the treatment of soft tissue injuries, whether acute or chronic.
It’s a ground-breaking, patented form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization that allows clinicians to break down scar tissue and fascial restrictions when standard functional rehabilitation or chiropractic treatment may be inadequate. The Technique makes use of specially designed stainless-steel instruments to treat areas where soft tissue fibrosis or chronic inflammation is present.
Graston Technique® provides a number of benefits and advantages:
For the patient
• Decreases overall treatment time
• Promotes faster recovery/rehabilitation
• Resolves chronic conditions believed to be permanent
• Reduces dependence on anti-inflammatory medication
For the clinician
• Provides enhanced diagnostic treatment
• Reduces manual stress, promotes hand and joint conservation
• Detects minor and major fibrotic changes
• Expands business opportunities
• Boosts patient satisfaction by achieving superior outcomes
For employers and the healthcare industry
• Allows the patient to remain on the job
• Helps reduce labor and healthcare costs, direct and indirect
• Decreases the need for braces, splints, and job-site modifications
Graston Technique® involves the coordinated use of six stainless-steel instruments to treat patients:
• The curvilinear edge and convex/concave shape of the patented Graston Technique® Instruments enable them to conform to the contours of the body. This design allows for ease of treatment, optimal tissue penetration, and minimal stress to the clinician’s hands.
• The Graston Technique® instruments function like a tuning fork, resonating in the clinician’s hands and allowing them to isolate adhesions and restrictions. This permits very precise treatment of the afflicted areas. As the metal surface of these instruments will not compress as the fat pads of the finger do, the clinician can access and treat restrictions at a deeper level than would otherwise be possible. In the same way that a stethoscope amplifies what the human ear can hear, these instruments magnify what the human hands can feel.