Everything You Need To Know About The Graston TechniqueⓇ
Have you been suffering from chronic muscle discomfort? Are current treatment options, such as massage therapy and anti-inflammatory medication, still not enough to relieve the pain?
If your answer to any of these questions is “yes,” then you are probably on the search for different treatment methods. But before you move on to more invasive forms of relief, such as steroid injections or surgery, you may want to consider what is known as Graston TechniqueⓇ therapy. Let’s first explain what this therapy entails, how it works and how it might benefit you.
What is the Graston Technique?
The Graston TechniqueⓇ is a form of manual therapy that involves the use of stainless steel tools to aid in soft tissue mobilization. Typically performed by physiotherapists, licenced massage therapists and chiropractors, this technique is more intense than traditional manual manipulation — but also very effective.
The goal of the Graston TechniqueⓇ is to relieve muscle strain, reduce the amount of tension in the soft tissue and work out any areas of scar tissue and fascial adhesions. The stainless steel tools allow the practitioner to focus on specific areas and apply varying levels of pressure.
How it works
The Graston TechniqueⓇ requires a healthcare professional to use stainless steel rods to move along various areas of the body to locate points of tension. Once these knots are located, he or she will then use varying levels of pressure as they move up and down the targeted area, otherwise known as “muscle scraping.” Essentially, this repeated motion on the muscles actually promotes blood flow to the area and restores range of motion.
Many individuals actually refer to the Graston TechniqueⓇ as a “scraping massage,” but don’t be dissuaded by the uncomfortable sound name. This form of therapy has demonstrated excellent results for many patients and is a natural form of pain relief.
Who is a good candidate for this treatment?
The majority of patients suffering from soft-tissue pain are ideal candidates for this treatment. Additionally, the Graston TechniqueⓇ is effective in those with centralized discomforts such as lower back pain or carpal tunnel syndrome, to more widespread pain such as arthritis or fibromyalgia.
Conversely, this treatment is not recommended for those with open wounds, high blood pressure, or individuals on blood thinners. In addition, pregnant women should avoid the Graston TechniqueⓇ, especially over the pelvis, spine and abdomen.
Benefits of the Graston TechniqueⓇ
The benefits of the Graston TechniqueⓇ cannot be understated. From increased mobility to pain reduction, many patients have seen noticeable and long-lasting results with this treatment. Ideally, this treatment will also contribute to a strengthening of the muscles and prevent knots from forming down the line.
Overall, the Graston TechniqueⓇ is an advanced form of manual manipulation that has shown promising results. The majority of patients find relief and experience an improved quality of life after this treatment.
Schedule your appointment today!
Have you been convinced of the benefits of the Graston TechniqueⓇ? Are you ready to start living your life to its fullest potential again? If so, it’s time to schedule an appointment with a certified practitioner who is licenced to administer this treatment.
My Physio Sports & Rehab Centre is staffed with trained therapists who are ready to assess your body and determine if the Graston TechniqueⓇ is right for you! The whole process will be a rejuvenating and relaxing one, and the goal is to have you walk out of the centre pain-free.
Start your journey towards pain relief today by giving us a call at 905-850-6683, visiting our online appointment page today!