Benefits of The Graston Technique

There are many frequently used physical therapy techniques that relieve pain. Fram pain relieving exercises, manual therapies to heat and cold applications are among the most commonly used. The Graston Technique is known to be a whole new approach to managing pain associated with soft tissues of the body. This technique shows a higher efficiency in managing pain associated with muscles and tendons.

What is the Graston Technique?

Graston technique is also a kind of manual therapy and differs from the others as it uses stainless steel tools to mobilize the soft tissues. This technique is practiced by licensed specialists such as chiropractors, physiotherapists, osteopathic physicians, occupational therapists and massage therapists. These licensed professionals also must be certified to practice the Graston technique.

When is Graston Technique Used?

When the tissue damage is deep and extensive, manual massages and exercises might be insufficient to reach and mobilize the damaged tissues. That is why Graston technique is more suitable in such cases. By using these steel instruments, the therapists can reach the deeply damaged tissues and mobilize them intensively.

Therapists who specialize in this technique use the Graston tools to locate the damaged tissues as well as to treat them. By running the tools over the skin of the area which is suspected to be injured, the knots, restrictions or dense areas are located. These located areas are dense in scar and fibrous tissues that cause pain and restrictions. The Graston tools are then used to break down the fibrous scars restoring mobility and functions of the treated area.

This kind of manual therapy provides immediate pain relief in many cases. It does not mean that simply with a single Graston procedure a patient can be healed completely. However, after Graston therapy, it is easier to introduce a higher level of rehabilitation exercises and procedures for further management. Hence, Graston technique makes it easier for the therapists to treat patients as well as it makes the treatment plan more efficient and fast.

Many people question if Graston procedure is suitable for people who are hypersensitive to physical therapeutic techniques. The good news is that Graston technique can be used even in patients with hypersensitivity. This lies on the pressure that is applied to the tool while practicing the procedure. If a hypersensitive patient is being treated, then the therapist can reduce the pressure he applies to the tool to make it safe and friendly for such patients. Some physical therapists say that Graston technique is effective when applied light pressure as much as it is when moderate to strong pressures are applied. This shows that even hypersensitive patients can be effectively treated with this technique.

Many patients see significant results after 6-12 Graston procedures, regardless of the fact whether the injury is acute or chronic. Graston procedure brings healing to damaged tissue by increasing blood flow, reducing density in damaged tissues, breaking scar tissues, releasing spasms of the muscles, interruption of pain receptors and improving the flexibility of fixed damaged tissues. It is recommended by our physical therapists, at Back To Health Physical and Occupational Therapy, as a technique that is able to reduce pain and improve functions within a very short time period.

Contact Back To Health Physical & Occupational Therapy in Brooklyn today at 888.538.0988 and find out more about the Graston Technique that we offer at our locations in Brooklyn.

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