An Advanced Method to Decrease Pain and Improve Function
Mountain View Physical Therapy offers the Graston Technique® for injury treatment and rehabilitation.
This remarkable procedure allows us to detect and treat areas of “scar tissue” or adhesion’s in muscles, tendons and ligaments that can reduce our range of motion and cause pain. In the healing process, our body attempts to repair those areas by creating “scar tissue,” much like the scar that forms on the skin when you have scraped or banged your knee.
Soft Tissue Dysfunction
Graston Technique® has been effective in the treatment of:
• Achilles Tendinosis/itis
• Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
• Cervical Sprain/Strain
• Lateral Epicondylosis/itis
• Lumbar Sprain/Strain
• Medial Epicondylosis/itis
• Patellofemoral Disorders
• Plantar Fasciitis
• Rotator Cuff Tendinosis/itis
• Scar Tissue
• Shin Splints
• Trigger Finger
• Women’s Health
(Post-Mastectomy and Caesarean Scarring)
In time, we can have a build up of this fibrous scar tissue, particularly in the muscles, tendons and ligaments that get a lot of use. This can lead to pain and dysfunction because this replacement tissue lacks the strength and flexibility of healthy tissue (in some areas it may even mat down and entrap a nerve).
The Graston Technique® allows us to better detect and treat these areas because it uses a stainless steel instrument that glides 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 identify and treat areas exhibiting soft tissue fibrosis or chronic inflammation. Stretching exercises are used to promote re-alignment of the fibers into the normal pattern of healthy tissue.
The benefit of the Graston Technique® is not only in detection of restrictions or adhesions, but also in the amount of improvement that takes place in a short amount of time.
Patients usually receive two treatments per week for four to five weeks. Most patients have a positive response within two to three treatments. Most patients are not disabled and continue to perform their regular functions at home/work.
GT decreases overall time of treatment, fosters faster rehabilitation/recovery, reduces need for anti-inflammatory medication and resolves chronic conditions thought to be permanent.
If you have not experienced the Graston Technique®, yet you have lingering discomfort or stiffness, please ask us whether you may be helped by this effective treatment.