What Is Graston?
We are pleased to provide patients with a new, innovative, and effective approach to the diagnosis and treatment of connective soft tissue injuries. The Graston Technique is performed with stainless steel instruments which are designed to detect and treat soft tissue fibrosis or chronic inflammation in order to reduce pain and restore function.
Why Do It?
When connective tissue, such as muscles, ligaments, or tendons become restricted due to scar tissue, it can result in pain, tenderness, and loss of both flexibility and motion. It is not unusual to find a restriction in one part of the body that produces pain and dysfunction in another area, commonly known as the kinetic chain.
Muscle re-education, in addition to stretching and strengthening exercises are employed to provide the patient with optimal results within a minimal number of treatments. Following and staying with the plan of treatment is critical to achieving the clinical goals set by the doctor and the patient. without full commitment to treatment both in the office and at home, the desired outcome may not be fully reached.
What Can I Expect?
Most patients report pain reduction and improved function within the first two treatments. Although it is not unusual to experience some discomfort during initial treatment, it should dramatically lessen within a short period of time. Mild to moderate bruising may take place during the process of breaking down old scar tissue. During the course of treatment, daily consumption of 6-8 glasses of water, along with diet rich in fruits and vegetables is beneficial.
Factor such as age, medical history, occupation, and lifestyle will determine the number of treatment times needed. The average number of treatments is 6 to 8. Treatments are usually performed no more than twice per week.