We are pleased to provide our patients with an innovative and proven approach to the diagnosis and treatment of connective soft tissue injuries – Graston Technique. The Technique is performed with patented stainless-steel instruments designed to detect and treat soft-tissue fibrosis or chronic inflammation in order to reduce pain and restore function.
When connective tissue, such as muscle, ligaments or tendons become restricted or scarred, it can result in pain, tenderness, loss of flexibility and motion. It is not unusual to find a restriction in one part of the body that produces pain and dysfunction in another area, commonly known as the kinetic chain.
Hospitals, clinics, professional and university sports teams, as well as industry, rely on Graston Technique for the treatment of injuries.
The Graston Technique instruments detect and amplify soft tissue restrictions or dysfunction, similar to how a stethoscope amplifies the heartbeat. All the instruments have contoured edges designed to conform to the different body parts/surfaces/shapes.
Treatment by Graston Technique
Graston Technique treatment protocols may also include the use of heat, ice, and rehabilitation to restore our patients to their pre-injury level of activity. Muscle re-education, in addition to stretching and strengthening exercises, are employed to provide our patient with optimal results within a minimal number of treatments. Following and staying with the plan of treatment is critical to achieving the goals set by the doctor and our patient. Without a full commitment to treatment, a positive outcome may not occur.
Most patients report pain reduction and improved function within the first two treatments. Although it is not unusual to experience some discomfort during the initial treatment, it should dramatically lessen within a short period of time. Mild to moderate bruising may take place during the process of breaking down old scar tissue. During the course of treatment, daily consumption of 6-8 glasses of water, along with a diet rich in fresh fruit and vegetables will also prove beneficial.
Factors such as age, history of the condition, occupation and lifestyle will determine the number of times that you will be treated. The average number of treatments is 6 to 8. Generally, treatment is performed no more than twice a week unless the clinical circumstances dictate otherwise.
Conditions Treated by Graston Technique
- Plantar fascitis
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Tennis elbow
- Shoulder impingement
- Low back sprain/strain
- Reduced range of motion due to scar tissue
- Achilles (Heel) pain
- Neck sprain/strain
- Trigger finger
- Post surgical traumatic scars
- Hamstring strain
For more information on Graston Technique, please visit www.grastontechnique.com.
Check out the video below to learn more about how the Graston Technique works:
“I am a healthy, active 43-year-old male. I am an avid outdoorsman and runner. I was in a motorcycle accident at the age of 18 and sustained a broken leg and crushed hip. I had not had any problems until my IT band muscles started aching when I had run long distances.
I previously have received treatment from an orthopedic doctor, sports medicine doctor, and a chiropractor. I also received physical therapy, cortisone shots and one shot in the back for my IT band problem and hip pain. I suffered in pain for two years. At this point, I started treatment with Dr. Mitch Jacobs for the IT band and hip pain problems.
Dr. Mitch gave me Graston. After 4-5 Graston treatments the IT band pain went away! We started to focus more on the hip pain and after another 4-5 Graston treatments combined with electrical stimulation therapy, the hip pain disappeared.
Now I am on a maintenance program with Dr. Mitch andI come in to get the Graston treatments about once a month. The pain in my hips and IT bands has not returned and I am able to get back to all of the activities that I previously enjoyed.” -RB