Treatment soft tissue dysfunction with Graston® Technique therapy

Graston® Technique Therapy was developed in 1994 by an amateur athlete who suffered a skiing related knee injury.  The athlete, a machinist by trade, developed a series of metal instruments to help treat his soft tissue injury.  Early success in treating soft tissue injuries by rehabilitation personal lead to a collaboration with the research department at Ball State University and Ball Memorial Hospital where the instrumentation was further developed and technique protocols were developed.

There are currently 10,000+ trained clinicians trained across the United States. The utilization of Graston® Technique therapy requites proper prerequisite training.  Proper training and proper scope of practice are utilized to ensure proper diagnosis skills and treatment knowledge to reduce risk and better treatment outcomes.  Graston® Technique is currently utilized by 500 profession and amateur sports organizations across the United States including 16 NBA teams, 18 NFL teams and 16 MLB teams.

Graston® Technique is an evidence based soft tissue treatment intervention.  Independent Graston® Technique clinical trials have demonstrated improved shoulder ranges of motion in overhead athletes, as well as, decreased pain and increased function in patients suffering from chronic planter fasciitis and  improve hip adduction/ITB flexibility and to improved balance and proprioceptive abilities in patients with chronic ankle instability.

Graston® Technique is a unique method of soft tissue mobilization that is utilized to access and treat soft tissue dysfunction. Graston® Technique utilizes a series of stainless steel instruments to access and treat soft tissue dysfunctions.  Graston instruments are used to access for areas of fibrotic lesions of the body where areas of soft tissue have a noted difference in its composition resulting in a change in palpatory feel and reduced mobility.  Once these areas of fibrosis are determined Graston instruments are utilized to reduce these excess areas of fibrosis as well as stimulate circulation to the affected area and simulate the body own natural healing process.

Graston® Technique improves rehabilitation outcomes and recovery times through stimulating connective tissue remodeling through resorption of excessive fibroblasts and promoting regeneration and repair of collagen tissue. Graston® Technique produces micro trauma and stimulates the body’s natural inflammatory response in the area being treated.

Graston® Technique is utilized on common soft tissue injuries including, but not limited to, golfer’s elbow, tennis elbow, IT-band syndrome and plantar fasciitis.  However, most orthopedic injuries such as rotator cuff tears, meniscal tears and even arthritis result in soft tissue changes that can benefit from treatment with Graston® Technique.  Graston® Technique can also improve joint ranges of motion by mobilizing the joints soft tissue and improving tissue pliability and breaking down restrictions of the joints soft tissue.  Graston® Technique is also beneficial in pain control when utilized to desensitize nociception of an injured area by utilizing light brushing stroking techniques.  Reducing scar tissue can also help reduce nociception of an affected area and reduce pain.

Graston® Technique is one of the most utilized and effective soft tissue mobilization treatments available.  Most treatment protocols recommend treatment 2-3x’s per week in conjunction with chiropractic manipulative therapy and physical rehabilitation to promote proper healing and recovery.

Author: Johnmichael Pizzimenti

Physical Therapist

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