What is the Graston Technique?

ANSWER:  The Graston Technique incorporates a patented form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization, like a deep tissue massage or a sports massage, but is carefully performed to very specific areas that have been damaged. The Graston Technique breaks down the damaged tissue and promotes the creation of healthy tissue. The Graston Technique enables physical therapists to effectively detect and treat scar tissue and restrictions that affect normal function.  Most people will feel the effects of scar tissue as tightness, tension, restricted motion, “knots,” or aches and pains in muscles or other soft tissues. With the instruments, the scar tissue can be broken down and the area can heal up in a normal fashion. Pure Vida Therapy has certified Graston Technique professionals on staff to assist you with your damaged tissue needs.

Why is scar tissue a problem?

ANSWER:  Scar tissue reduces range of motion and in many instances causes pain, which prevents the patient from functioning as they could prior to the area being injured. If left undetected, scar tissue can create a landslide of issues in other areas, as the patient tries to compensate for the damaged area.

How are the instruments used?

ANSWER:  The Graston Technique instruments are used to increase the ability to detect adhesive scar tissue (restrictions).  At Pura Vida Therapy, physical therapists use stainless steel instruments to comb over and “catch” the fibrotic tissue, which immediately identifies the areas of restriction. Once the damaged tissue has been identified, the instruments are used to break up the scar tissue so it can be absorbed by the body and can begin healing with healthy tissue.

Is the treatment painful?

ANSWER:  With this procedure it is common to experience minor discomfort during the procedure and some bruising afterwards. This is a normal response by the body and part of the healing process.

What is the frequency of treatment?

ANSWER:   Patients usually receive two treatments per week over 4-5 weeks, with many patients showing a positive response by the 3rd to 4th treatment.

Is Graston Technique something new?

ANSWER:   The concept of the Graston Technique comes from the works of Dr. James Cyriax, an English orthopedic surgeon. However, techniques like this have been around for hundreds of years. Only the use of the specially designed instruments and protocol are new.

What kind of results does Graston Technique produce?

ANSWER:    Historically, the Graston Technique has had positive outcomes in 75–90 percent of all individuals’ cases treated.

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