I am providing Graston Technique ® soft tissue mobilization and myofascial release to patients almost every day, with substantial results. It’s gotten some rave reviews, and is appropriate for elite athletes as well as folks in everyday pain! This is a simple technology that improves injury treatment and rehabilitation, and blends perfectly with Chiropractic Manipulative Therapy.
While I have been doing myofascial release and cross-fiber friction techniques for almost 2 decades, starting before 1996 with my hands and with Gua Sha instruments (resin, bone, and plastic). While I have always had a set of very nice stainless steel Adhesion Breakers (TM) tools, I find the Graston Technique ® instruments to be superior in the work I am doing now. I also like the way the Technique itself is well researched and programmed. In practice, the tools themselves are similar so that as a patient, you probably won’t recognize the physical difference; however, as a clinician (for me), the hand-feel of the tools and the accessibility of certain curves and angles on certain tools makes me able to get the therapies to you in an improved way. All of that is good and means improved, faster results for you.
The stainless steel instruments (we don’t call them tools) are flashy and dramatic looking. Some of the angles look like I am going to poke you with them, but don’t fear, I am using the smoothly beveled edges of the instruments inside the curves to trace lines between and along your muscles, tendons, ligaments, and joints, and to sweep and comb out adhesions and scar tissue between them and around them. In some cases we can even free nerve entrapments that may be producing numbness or muscular weakness. It can feel like a deep tissue massage, or a very focused, specific joint technique.
Clinical studies have shown that applying IASTM (Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization) , especially using the Graston Technique ® , as soon as possible, even in the acute, fresh injury stages, can generate better results and better outcomes. I can apply Graston Technique® in Whiplash cases, TMJ, Cervicogenic Headaches, Upper back and Low Back pain, Tennis elbow, Carpal Tunnel, Bursitis, even around and supporting therapies for disc injuries and nerve compressions (“pinched nerves”).
Check out my web page which more talks about it, here. A thumbnail of the instruments is shown above. More info at the Graston Technique® website, including comments from people who have received the therapy. Read these, then make an appointment today – let’s get you diagnosed and treating!