The Graston Technique®
Utilizing a non-invasive approach, a series of six stainless steel instruments are employed in identifying and treating areas of soft tissue fibrosis or chronic inflammation. This manual therapy technique promotes faster recovery time, which is why it’s gaining popularity among professional athletes and for good reason.
At Ramos Center, we’re passionate about our patients’ well-being and helping them return to optimal functionality. That’s why we’re excited to offer this procedure. Don’t worry, though; you don’t have to be a pro athlete to benefit from it!
So how does it work?
Soft tissue surrounds and connects muscles, bones, nerves, and blood vessels throughout the body. When muscles are tight, they can stick together and tear, resulting in injuries that restrict muscle movement, causing pain, soreness, and reduced flexibility.
Your clinician will use a tool to examine the soft tissue to check for injury while applying mild pressure. Scanning with the muscle fibers will help detect spots where adhesions or deficits are present. After identifying the problem areas, your clinician will choose the proper tool to break apart the soft tissue adhesions by digging it down into the area around the muscle.
Each tool has unique edges and angles that allow for better penetration into places one can’t reach with hands alone, making it a more efficient way to break down tissue with a shorter recovery time.
Research has shown that the Graston Technique® is effective.
Studies have found that this process generates increased fibroblasts, which are essential in wound healing. This procedure also stimulates circulation, which increases oxygenated, nutrient-rich blood into the affected area. According to their website, the Graston Technique® consistently achieves positive outcomes, with an impressive 75 to 90 percent success rate in treating conditions.
Will it work for me?
The Graston Technique® can help even if you don’t have an acute or chronic injury. Consider it a maintenance measure that treats any soft tissue injury causing limited mobility, pain, and stiffness. Regular scanning and treatments are especially helpful for athletes looking to stay ahead of their recovery. Several professional sports teams rely on this method.
Results vary among patients, with some experiencing relief after just one session, but most experiencing positive results after their third or fourth visit. It all depends on the person and the severity of their injury.
Ramos Center is known for its many therapy techniques, and we’re always working to offer the best and most groundbreaking options to our patients. That’s why we’re bringing the Graston Technique® to you!