graston technique ® / instrument assisted soft tissue release
At My Physio, several of our therapists may include Graston Technique® as an added treatment option. Graston Technique® is a patented form of manual therapy known as soft-tissue instrument-assisted mobilization. It is one of a number of manual therapy approaches that uses instruments specifically designed with curves and edges to help release restricted tissues. This allows for more optimal muscle release.
The technique uses a stainless steel tool designed to help the practitioner identify areas of restriction and attempt to break up scar tissue and fascial adhesions. Our practitioners are fully trained in this technique and use it in combination with other conservative therapies to help treat a variety of chronic and acute conditions.
purpose of graston technique ® tissue release
Our goal at My Physio is to reduce the patient’s pain and increase function using the Graston technique®. The Graston technique® is used to:
- Break down scar tissue and fascia restrictions that are usually associated with some form soft tissue injury (e.g. a strained muscle or a pulled ligament, tendon, repetitive strain of a muscle or fascia).
- Reduce restrictions by stretching fascial tissue in an attempt to rearrange the structure of the soft tissue being treated (e.g., muscle, fascia, tendons, ligaments).
- Promote a better healing environment for the injured soft tissue.
what to expect during graston technique ®
Depending on your presenting complaint, one of our highly trained practitioners may recommend Graston Technique® as one of your treatment options. The therapist will commence by placing a massage cream or oil on the surface of the skin, which will help decrease the friction between the skin and the stainless-steel tool. The therapist will then begin by gently pressing the tool on the skin and massage it over the tissue requiring treatment. Normally the patient will feel pressure over the area, and treatment is done to the tolerance of the patient. The skin may begin to turn red and there may be some possible bruising over the area, which indicates healing and muscle release.