Graston Technique is a form of manual therapy called Instrument Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM.) It’s used primarily by chiropractors, physical therapists, and other clinicians to treat injuries or discomfort associated with muscles, ligaments, tendons, and fascia.
It was originally developed by athletes and is a treatment option on hundreds of amateur and professional sports organizations. It’s such an effective treatment that it’s mandatory in the curriculum of 43 advanced degree programs. Our Cary chiropractic office has two Graston Technique trained providers who use this treatment technique
What is Graston Technique?
Graston Technique is the use of specially designed stainless steel instruments to detect scar tissue, fascial restrictions, adhesions, trigger points, points of referred pain, chronic inflammation, and fibrosis. Once your chiropractor locates these areas, the tools are used to release, remodel, and relieve pain.
The goals of treatment are to reduce pain and increase function in the patient. Graston Technique works by disrupting and breaking up areas of fascial restrictions and promoting a better healing environment in areas of soft tissue injury. This treatment often helps resolve conditions that have been chronic problems and may have failed other treatment techniques.
What does Graston Technique Feel Like?
When our Cary chiropractors use Graston Technique, patients can typically feel their tissues moving and sliding underneath the Graston instruments. When working on a trigger point or area of fibrotic fascia, there is a “sandpaper” or “gritty” texture to the tissue and the treatment may produce warmth and mild redness. During Graston Technique treatment patients feel the area releasing, and the tissues typically relax and begin moving better.
Graston Technique as a Part of Your Treatment Strategy
Our chiropractors use Graston Technique on patients as part of a comprehensive strategy. It’s not typically used as a stand-alone treatment and you’ll also have other therapies like chiropractic manipulation, dry needling, and stretching and corrective exercises to resolve your complaint as quickly as possible.
If you’re curious about Graston Technique in Cary, Apex, or Raleigh and looking for more information, feel free to call or email the chiropractic physicians at AccessHealth Chiropractic Center or read more on the Graston Technique website here –> Graston Technique