Graston Technique and IASTYM
The Graston Technique combines the benefits of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM) with other treatment techniques to help relieve pain, improve flexibility and performance, and expedite recovery from injuries.
What Is the Graston Technique and IASTM
IASTM is a type of treatment that utilizes various tools to help better mobilize soft tissue structures, such as muscles and fascia. IASTM includes the Graston Technique which uses six stainless steel instruments with rounded edges for injured areas where it stimulates healing by encouraging blood flow in them while also targeting scarring or other obstacles preventing range-of motion from happening naturally.
Popular in the United States, Graston is often used in conjunction with other Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) methods. The modality is different from other soft tissue strategies because a tool always is used instead of manual pressure or physical stimulation. A stainless-steel instrument is slid over targeted tissue groups, creating controlled micro-abrasions along the fascia. These micro-abrasions break down scar tissue and increase circulation, allowing fascial adhesions to be broken down and allowing soft tissue movement to return.
How the Graston Technique Is Performed
The Graston Technique is a therapy that aims to remove scar tissue by applying stainless steel instruments with lubricant and then moving them across your skin. You may experience temporary redness as result from increased blood flow, warmth of the area being targeted for healing which helps improve mobility overall in those areas affected by it. Your therapist will use instruments to help loosen affected areas and ease pressure on nerve fibers. After your massage, your therapist will discuss home instructions and provide you with a list of exercises to reinforce the positive changes you've made while in treatment.
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Graston Technique Can Treat
The Graston Technique can be used to successfully treat a wide range of musculoskeletal injuries in both amateur and professional athletes. While it is primarily used to treat the following common injuries, it can be effective in treating a broad range of conditions:
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Plantar fasciitis
- Tennis Elbow
- Surgical scars
- IT band syndrome
- Shin Splints
- Neck pain
- Achilles Tendinitis
- Lower back strains
This is a drug-free alternative to conventional medical treatment for people with soft-tissue injuries. Many of our patients find that regular care enables them to make a full recovery and return to their daily activities. There are a few key reasons that can cause treatment to prove ineffective, keep these in mind to see the full benefits.
- Only going to one treatment; Patients can feel great improvements in pain after one session, however it is always best to finish a full treatment plan to get the best results.
- Treatments can have discomfort; patients can feel some discomfort during treatment. Do not stop sessions if they feel too intense, speak with your therapist to find the best intensity for you.
- Self-treating at home; while the technique seems easy, targeting the wrong areas with the wrong tools can cause more harm than good.
Why Choose Us?
Physical therapy is a vital part of the healing process for many injuries and chronic conditions. The Graston Technique is a specialized form of physical therapy that uses handheld instruments to massage the affected area and promote healing. The Graston Technique has been shown to be effective in treating a wide range of conditions, including carpal tunnel syndrome, tendinitis, and back pain. If you are suffering from pain or limited mobility, the Graston Technique may be able to help. Contact Paradigm Physical Therapy today to request an appointment with one of our physical therapists. Our team of dedicated physical therapists will be happy to answer any questions you may have and help you get started on the path toward relief and recovery.
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