What is Graston Technique® or GT?
Each Graston Technique procedure detects and treats areas of “scar tissue” or adhesions in muscles, tendons and ligaments that can lead to pain and dysfunction. In the healing process, our body attempts to repair muscles, tendons and ligaments with “scar tissue,” much like the scar that forms on the skin when you have scraped or banged your knee. Scar tissue tends to be weaker and less flexible than normal, healthy, undamaged tissue. Graston Technique® uses six stainless steel instruments to glide along a patient’s muscle, tendons or ligaments. When knots or bands of scar tissue are encountered, both the doctor and the patient sense a restriction or a granular feeling from the instrument. GT instruments are used to “break up” this restriction or adhesion. Stretching exercises are used to promote re-alignment of the fibers so they behave more like
healthy tissue. The patient feels less pain and gains more mobility. The instruments are not meant to replace a clinician’s hands, but to complement them. The instruments enhance what the clinician’s hands can feel – substantially improving the ability to detect and treat soft-tissue dysfunctions. An unaided hand is hard pressed to detect and break up as much scar tissue as the stainless steel instruments can. Most patients are able to function and continue to perform their regular functions at home, work or play.
“With Graston Tehcnique I can find those very small scar tissue lesions and elimnate them quickly therefore decreasing the length of treatment you get you back to competition quickly.”
– Dr. Jered M Hull DC, ATC, LAT
Graston Technique helps to improves the following:
- Cervico-genic Headaches
- Scar Tissue
- Knee pain
- Shoulder pain
- Plantar Fasciitis
- IT Band Syndrome
- Runners Knee
- Post-Surgical Scar sites
- Womens Health scar tissue build up
- Trigger Finger Disorder
- Ankle Sprains
- Dancers Shin pain
I have heard I can bruise with this type of treatment?
Although this treatment has had a reputation in the past for leaving you with unwanted bruising following the treatment this is not a common place with this type of treatment. The treatment can in fact leave some bruising dependent on the level of scar tissue that is broken down and at what stage the scar is building up. Typically the treatment can leave some bruising is the scar has been in place for a long period of time, but again it is fasinating that this treatment is not painful once finished even though we have some bruising left in place. Using Ice immediately after the treatment coupled with a full range of motion exercise with high repetitions is very helpful to reduce the brusing. For more questions on this type of treament please contact us and we are always happy to answer more questions for you.
How do these “overuse” conditions occur?
Over-used muscles (and other soft tissue) change in three important ways:
Acute conditions (sprains, strains, or collisions)
Accumulation of small tears (micro-trauma)
Not getting enough oxygen (hypoxia)
Each of these factors can cause your body to produce tough, dense scar tissue in the affected area. This scar tissue binds up and ties down tissues that need to move freely. As scar tissue builds up, muscles become shorter and weaker, tension on tendons causes tendonitis, and nerves can become trapped. This can cause reduced range of motion, loss of strength, and pain. If a nerve is trapped, you may also feel numbness, tingling, and weakness.
What you can expect with Graston Technique treatment:
Every session is a combination of examination and treatment. Dr. Jered Hull will use his hands and the Graston Technique instruments to evaluate the texture, tightness, and movement of the muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments, and nerves. Abnormal tissues are treated by combining precisely directed tension with specific gliding motions with the instuments over the scar tissue sites.
With over 6 different instruments these allows for treatment protocols to be unique to each patient:
This allows Dr. Jered Hull to identify and correct specific problems that are affecting each individual patient. Unlike many medical techniques, this is not a cookie cutter approach. Finding the lesions or scar tissue that is preventing movement allows the body to quickly gain strength.
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