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We see many patients with soft tissue injuries or strains at our offices for a variety of reasons.  Over the last few years, we've implemented a new soft tissue technique when patients have a muscle strain or sprain, hypertonic muscles, or abnormal trigger points detected by palpation methods.

The Graston technique allows us to treat patients with acute and chronic soft tissue injuries.  The stainless steel instruments are specifically shaped to address distinct areas of the body.

The method not only allows me to detect fascial adhesions and restrictions but it also treats problem areas by breaking down adhesions in the soft tissue.
"Graston Technique® is an advanced form of myofascial release. Soft-tissue dysfunction, which
includes scar tissue, adhesions and restrictions, results in pain, weakness and functional limitation for the patient. Graston Technique® uses patented stainless steel instruments, which are contoured to complement the body's shapes and curves.... The instruments are designed to facilitate a clinician's hands, not replace them."
"The Graston Technique® was inspired when a tool and die maker sustained a knee injury during a waterskiing accident. Three ligaments were ruptured, requiring extensive surgical repair. The resultant scar tissue caused unresolvable range of motion limitations and strength deficits preventing full rehabilitation.... Through research, as well as treating hundreds of clients, the Graston Technique was developed as an effective rehabilitation program for a wide variety of diagnoses. It is important to understand that the Graston Technique® is only one part of the total therapy program. It is not meant to be used alone, but to be used as a component of an overall treatment program."
"The Graston Instruments, much like a tuning fork, resonate in the clinician's hands allowing the clinician to isolate adhesions and restrictions, and precisely treat them. When explaining the properties of the instruments, we often use the analogy of a stethoscope. For, just as a stethoscope amplifies that can be heard by the human ear, so do the instruments increase significantly the information which can be detected by the human hands."
"The Graston Instruments, while enhancing the clinician's ability to detect fascial adhesions and restrictions, have been clinically proven to achieve quicker and better outcomes in treating both acute and chronic conditions." Graston Technique is being used by more than 35 professional and amateur sports organizations.

Graston Technique
This Technique is a patented instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization that enables the clinician to break down scar tissue and soft tissue restrictions. This technique utilizes stainless steel instruments that are designed to specifically locate and effectively treat areas that exhibit soft tissue fibrosis and chronic inflammation.

The patient will witness a decreased amount of treatment time and experience faster rehabilitation and recovery of the complaint. Graston Technique also reduces the need for anti-inflammatory medications and resolves chronic conditions that in the past were thought to be permanent in nature. Given the ability to detect fascial adhesions and restrictions, Graston Technique has been clinically proven to achieve quicker and better outcomes in treating both acute and chronic conditions, such as:
• Lumbar sprain/strain (Back Pain)
• Cervical sprain/strain (Neck Pain)
• Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (Wrist Pain)
• Plantar Fascitis (Foot Pain)
• Lateral Epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow)
• Medial Epicondylitis (Golfers Elbow)
• Rotator Cuff Tendonitis (Frozen Shoulder/Shoulder Pain)
• Patellofemoral Disorders (Knee Pain)
• Achilles Tendonitis (Ankle Pain)
• Fibromyalgia
• Scar Tissue
• Shin Splints
• Trigger Finger

For more information on Graston Technique, please refer to the website: www.grastontechnique.com