Injuries, repetitive motions, poor posture and faulty movement patterns can injure muscles, ligaments and tendons. In an attempt to heal those structures our body often lays down scar tissue in the injured area. This fibrous tissue can build up, and can lead to pain, decreased motion, and dysfunction because this replacement tissue lacks the strength and flexibility of healthy tissue.
Graston Technique is a unique type of soft tissue mobilization used to detect and “break up” these restrictions or adhesions. Combined with specific exercises, Graston Technique promotes healing, normal movement and elimination of pain.
The Graston Technique allows us to better detect and treat these areas because it uses stainless steel instruments that glide along a patient’s muscle, tendons or ligaments, with the right amount of pressure to detect just where the scar tissue or restrictions are located.
When these knots or bands of scar tissue are encountered, both the clinician and the patient sense a restriction, almost like a speed bump or a granular feeling. The instrument can then be used to “break up” this restriction or adhesion. Stretching exercises are then used to promote re-alignment of the fibers into the normal pattern of healthy tissue.
Graston Technique has become standard protocol in universities and hospital-based outpatient facilities such as Indiana University and the University of Michigan. It is used at U.S. Olympic training centers, by professional golfers and soccer players, and by elite athletes throughout the NBA, NFL and MLB.
Please call me at (516) 316-4589 if you have any questions about Graston Technique™