GRASTON TECHNIQUE

WHAT TO EXPECT ON THE FIRST VISIT

During your first visit, our lovely and helpful front desk staff will welcome you to the clinic. Our highly experienced and friendly therapist will complete an initial assessment to discover what injury you are presenting us with, and how it happened. Following a detailed history and physical assessment, we will determine a proper course of action depending on your goal. One important aspect of recovering from injury is to help educate patients on ways to prevent further aggravation of symptoms.

Treatment intervention could include:

  • Muscle and fascial Release Techniques
  • Laser
  • Electrical modalities (Interfential current IFC, Ultrasound)
  • Performance Taping
  • Joint mobilizations
  • Exercise prescription

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).
  • Reducing restrictions by stretching fascial tissue in an attempt to rearrange the structure of the soft tissue being treated (e.g., muscle, fascia, tendons, ligaments).
  • Promoting a better healing environment for the injured soft tissue.

WHAT TO EXPECT

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/oil on the surface of the skin, that 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.  The skin may begin to turn red and there may be some possible bruising over the area which indicates healing and muscle release.