What is Graston Technique?
Graston Technique is a form of manual therapy called Instrument Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM). Our providers use it to detect and treat scar tissue, restrictions, adhesions, trigger points, areas of referred pain, chronic inflammation, and fibrosis. Generally, it’s used by clinicians to treat injuries or discomfort associated with joints, muscles, ligaments, tendons, fascia, and nerves.
Goals of Graston Technique, similar to other treatments, are to reduce your pain, improve mobility, and restore function that may be lost. Graston Technique works by encouraging tissue remodeling and promoting a better healing environment in areas of soft tissue injury. It’s a mainstream treatment and Graston providers are on the staff of hundreds of amateur and professional sports organizations.
Our providers are Graston Technique trained providers who use Graston along with other manual therapies and rehab exercise strategies to treat many common complaints.
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.
Is Graston Technique Used as a Stand-Alone Treatment?
Brianna Williams DC and Jason Williams DC use Graston Technique to treat patients as part of a comprehensive strategy, and typically not as a stand-alone treatment.Other treatments may include chiropractic adjustments, dry needling, and stretching or corrective exercises to resolve your complaint as quickly as possible.
If you’re curious about Graston Technique and whether it would be an appropriate treatment for you, we offer 10-minute consultations with our providers to answer your questions.