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What Is Graston Technique Therapy?

Graston instrument used on a shoulderThis type of manual therapy falls under the category of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization. We use instruments to work on the soft tissues, muscles, ligaments, tendons, fascia, joint capsules, and the skin.

What Does It Do?

The idea behind Graston is to improve and repair the inflammatory cascade. When tissue is injured or damaged the body attempts to stabilize that area with scar tissue. The goal of therapy is to break down the scar tissue and fascial restrictions that are associated with those traumas. This is accomplished by sweeping the instruments over the skin. Microscopically, the tissues are broken up so they can heal properly.

A Complement to Chiropractic

Graston works well with chiropractic care or as a stand-alone therapy for both acute and chronic conditions. Six treatments (twice a week for three weeks) are typically recommended. Sometimes up to 12 or more treatments are required for chronic conditions. We’ve had patients with decades-old injuries experience relief with Graston. Chronic does not mean permanent.

The technique is effective for conditions such as neck and back pain, heel trouble, carpal tunnel syndrome, tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, knee and foot pain, trigger finger, shoulder issues, shin splints and plantar fasciitis to name a few.

(Read about how Dr. Ron experienced relief from frozen shoulder with Graston.)

What Does It Feel Like?

Your treatment makes use of ergonomically designed instruments with rounded edges that are passed over the skin over the areas where adhesions and knots are present. Treatment is to patient tolerance and does not have to be painful to be effective. People experience an immediate response to treatment with less tension, tightness and pain. Usually, by the third or fourth visit, we start to see lasting changes. It’s important to understand that each person is different and will heal at different rates.

To find out how Graston can help your particular condition, contact us at Devine Chiropractic today to schedule an appointment!

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