Using The Graston Technique For Pain Relief
Dr.John Brown MT,D.C.
The Graston Technique® (GT) is a unique, evidence-based form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization that enables clinicians to effectively and efficiently address soft tissue lesions and fascial restrictions.
GT uses specially designed stainless steel instruments with unique treatment edges and angles to deliver an effective means of decreasing pain. The use of GT instruments, when combined with appropriate therapeutic exercise, leads to the restoration of pain-free movement and function.
The instruments also are used diagnostically to assess the kinetic chain, in an efficient manner using the principles of regional interdependence. Additionally, tight knots are commonly found. Painful knots are referred to as trigger points. Highly Skilled practitioners, certified in the technique, use these specially designed tools to locate these knots by running the tools over the skin. Often these tools pick up these areas much more accurately than clinicians OWN hands! The same tools are believed to break up and release the 1) adhesions to reduce pain, 2) increase your range of motion, 3) restore function to the area in question.
When it Works, it Works Quick
Whether your condition is acute or chronic, if the Graston Technique is going to work, the results should happen within three to six sessions. If you do not see results quickly, then it’s most likely not going to work for you and you need re-evaluation.
It Activates Mechanoreceptors
The pressure used in the Graston Technique activates certain nerve fibers as well as the body’s sensory receptors including mechanoreceptors and proprioceptors. Together, these help you repair and strengthen muscles. These receptors send “good information” to your brain; once received; your brain sends good appropriate information to the area in question. Think of it this way..” good information in..good information out”…hence decrease your pain.
Reduces Pain & Improves Function
Studies conducted on the Graston Technique and other instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM) techniques show significant clinical improvements in pain reduction and function. That means that compared to more conservative treatments patients felt less pain and were able to move more!