Graston Technique instruments are one of the many ‘tools in the kit’ that specially trained health practitioners can use to add to their skills of therapy. And I’m happy to say that I’ve recently added this form of therapy to my skills! For those who don’t know, Graston Technique is a form of instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM), which helps to break down adhesions at the level of tight/injured muscle and connective tissue. It doesn’t hurt or leave huge markings contrary in many ways to popular belief. This form of therapy helps encourage replenishment of new cells and circulation to the affected areas. Also, there is an element of exercise (yay exercise!) to help realign the new fibers to best match the original tissue. It can also encourage collagen development to make the new tissues strong.
It sounds complicated but it doesn’t have to be. Here is a list of some of the common conditions treated with Graston Technique Therapy. I am sure we all know of someone who has suffered from at least one.
- Achilles Tendonitis
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Neck Pain
- Back Pain
- Tennis Elbow
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Rotator Cuff Pain
- Post-Mastectomy and Caesarean Scarring
- Trigger Finger
- Tennis Elbow and Golfer’s Elbow
The Graston Technique just celebrated their 25th anniversary of offering education to practitioners worldwide and there are many research papers that explain the scientific details about how the process functions. I’m excited to offer this technique because it complements our approach at Lead to: stick to the basics, do not overcomplicate, and rewire new habits and patterns. Keeping my clients functioning to the best of their ability on an ongoing basis is part of my ‘why’. Check out grastontechnique.com/patients for all sorts of information on Graston Technique therapy. Once you’re ready to move forward and find out how this could help you in reaching your physical goals, contact us to book in for an assessment or treatment.
-Nicole Loucks, PT