The Graston Technique is a type of manual therapy that utilizes specialized instruments to gently scrape or massage the skin. The therapy is practiced by physicians, chiropractors, physical therapists, licensed massage therapists, occupational therapists, and athletic trainers to break up painful scar tissue and restore mobility to soft tissues. While there are no peer-revised clinical studies regarding the Graston Technique’s effectiveness, research suggests that the therapy can improve success rates for patients with acute and chronic pain caused by soft-tissue injuries. When Graston Technique is Applied When injury to soft tissues occurs, the affected area can repair itself in an irregular fashion, which creates scar tissue. While the scar tissue itself might not cause pain, it can reduce range of motion, leading to stiffness that results in chronic pain. The Graston Technique is effective in treating chronic and acute conditions such as: • Lower back strain or sprain • Carpal Continue reading →

Anyone who has had tennis elbow knows that it is a very uncomfortable condition.  It is also known as lateral epicondylitis and it results from overuse or strain of the tendon that attaches the bony outside of the elbow to the muscles in the forearm.  Many tennis players end up getting this condition – hence the name – but it is definitely possible to get it if you don’t play tennis. Basically, any type of activity that requires you to grip something repetitively can result in tennis elbow.  One of the several treatments that are often used to combat tennis elbow is known as the Graston Technique. How It Works The Graston Technique utilizes various stainless steel instruments to physically break down scar tissue in different parts of the body.  Pressure is applied with the steel instrument and moved in such a way that the underlying tissue is released and broken Continue reading →