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Graston Technique

By February 22, 2018Preventive Care

The advantages of Graston Technique for treating soft tissue pain

The most common pain that people of all ages may experience quite often as compared to other pains and sickness, is the pain concerning the musculoskeletal system present in the human body. The musculoskeletal system comprises of bones, muscles, nerves, tissue, tendons and ligaments that help the person in physical movements and maintaining balance and posture of the body. The musculoskeletal system extends from the neck, down to the lower limbs. The musculoskeletal system helps a person to stand, sit, and move his body accordingly while bending, working, lifting objects, exercising and playing sports. Due to vastness and constant work of the elements in the musculoskeletal system, it is common that a person may feel pain in the bones and muscles either to injury or illness.

The Graston technique:

Many people apart from conventional methods of treatment of acute and chronic pain rely upon other alternate techniques too. The alternate methods for pain relieve are therapeutic treatments such as acupuncture, biofeedback, deep tissue massage, nutritional therapy and use of dietary supplements. Graston technique is special type of manual therapy which involves the use of an instrument for gently scraping and massaging the skin to reduce pain. The technique was developed by an athlete named David Graston, so the method was named after him. The Graston technique is used to treat injuries due to soft tissues which can be quite painful and stressful. A scar tissue does not only cause discomfort but also restricts the range of motion.

How Graston technique is performed:

Graston technique is form of manual therapy which is done by use of metallic and stainless steel instruments to increase the muscle functions. Graston technique is used by wide number of people such as physicians, chiropractors, physical and occupational therapists. The trained therapist perform the treatment by first locating the area which is causing pain and placing the metallic tool to feel the knots in the muscles, secondly the therapist then rub the tool gently to remove the knots which as a result improves the movement and function of the muscles.  The tools are made of steel and are either concave or convex in shape with round edges. The person is asked to do couple of exercises such as stretching to warm the muscles. After continuous treatment a person will begin to see a positive change within 6 to 12 weeks.

The benefits of Graston technique:

Graston technique is a method assisted with an instrument which is helpful in relieving the muscle restrictions, heal the scarring tissues and focus the swelling area due to fibrosis which is thickening of the tissue in cases of injury.  A person who injures himself while playing sports, exercising or being involved in unfortunate accident may feel tremendous pain in his back due to damage to the ligaments. Graston technique can be helpful to

  • Effectively removing pain due to soft tissue injuries
  • Treat pain due to either acute or chronic illness
  • Provide adequate relieve and enhance muscle activity of people who play sports
  • Reduce the need for people to rely on medications and surgical operations
  • Improve the function and strength of the muscles
  • Improve the recovery of patients who are in rehabilitation process

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