Graston Technique

Graston Technique2017-10-19T00:21:32+00:00

At Friedman Spine and Physical Therapy all of our doctors useGraston technique to address soft tissue tightness and scar tissue pain. What is the Graston technique you may ask? It is a type of manual therapy used to mobilize soft tissues. One of our certified doctor’s would use one of the specially designed stainless steel Graston instruments to treat soft tissue injuries. Each instrument has a specific shape and is designed for a particular area of the body, such as neck, hand, or leg.

During a treatment session, the instrument designed for the particular body part is run along the area of treatment. A comparison would be how a stethoscope amplifies sound; the Graston instruments amplify touch for the doctor. If there is an adhesion present, the instrument can be used to break it up or that the adhesion can be absorbed into the body. This technique enables our doctor to detect even minor changes in the muscle fiber, which improves overall diagnostic accuracy and treatment.

In addition, treatment time is usually brief, typically lasting between 3-6 minutes. Often patients experience immediate symptom relief and quicker rehabilitation and recovery times. This leads to a decreased overall duration of treatment, as compared to other treatment options.

This technique is currently used worldwide by over 13,000 clinicians, including athletic trainers, chiropractors, and occupational, physical, and hand therapists, to treat conditions such as:

  • Fibromyalgia
  • Carpal Tunnel
  • Neck and back pain
  • Knee pain
  • Illiotibial Band Syndrome
  • Trigger Points
  • Plantar Fasciitis (commonly known as foot pain)
  • Tennis and Golfer’s Elbow
  • Rotator Cuff Tendinitis (Shoulder Pain)
  • Shin Splints
  • Post Fracture Pain