How Graston Works

How Graston Works

We Follow The 3-Step Program Under The Supervision A Graston Certified Therapist

The Graston Treatment

Injured or overstressed soft tissues result in many of the common problems briefly described on the previous page. With all of these problems, the irritated or damaged soft tissue stops functioning normally.

Treatment Step 1: Finding The Affected Soft Tissue.

Graston performed by a trained therapist uses special instruments (like those pictured to the left) to first isolate the damaged tissue. The therapist locates the damaged tissue through the response or feel of the instrument as it is moved across the body.

Treatment Step 2: Non-Invasive Treatment Using The Instrument.

Pressure is distributed by the therapist using the appropriate instrument along the treatment area, in a manner similar to that of a massage. The injured or damaged tissue responds to the stimulation by initiating the healing process. Medical doctors and scientists call this soft tissue healing process “fibroblast recruitment and activation.” Research shows that Graston stimulates the process of fibroblast recruitment and activation.

Treatment Step 3: Customized Exercise Programs

As healing progresses, controlled custom exercise regimens are introduced to promote strength and reconditioning of the area so that as activity resumes, the tissue and muscles are stronger and more functional.


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The Graston Soft Tissue Technique

The role of your physical therapist  is to prevent further injury and promote healing. Therapists determine when and how it is appropriate to get you moving again. 

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20 Most Common Diagnoses That Respond Well To Graston

  1. Trigger Finger is more common in women than men, usually between the ages of 40-60. Trigger finger occurs when tendons become irritated. In severe cases, a finger(s) gets stuck in a bent position. Pain and swelling in the palm are also symptoms.
  2. Carpal Tunnel is irritation of tissues such as ligaments and tendons in the hand that press against a nerve causing pain or numbness. Carpal tunnel is sometimes brought on by repetitive movements such as typing and assembly line work. Carpal tunnel also occurs for some women during pregnancy.
  3. Tennis Elbow (lateral epicondylitis) usually results from strain or overuse of the elbow. The outer part of the elbow becomes tender. Even though the name implies this is a tennis injury, it is common for painters, mechanics, and anyone else straining or irritating the tissues of the elbow.
  4. Golfer’s Elbow (medial epicondylitis), like tennis elbow is from strain or overuse, resulting in tenderness on the inside of the elbow.
  5. De Quervain’s tenosynovitis, is a thumb condition. Tissues around the base of the thumb. This is most common in women 30-50 years old.
  6. Wrist sprains.
  7. Shoulder pain.
  8. Plantar Fasciitis, heel and arch pain. This condition happens when the tissue in the arch of the foot becomes irritated and inflamed. The pain is usually most intense first thing in the morning.
  9. Chronic ankle sprains. Ankle sprains sometimes lead to chronic ankle pain and tenderness.
  10. Achilles tendonitis. Pain along the back of the heel caused by tight or overused calf muscles that transfer the stress of walking or running to the Achilles tendon.
  11. Shin splints. Irritation of the muscles attaching to the shin bone causes tenderness and pain.
  12. Jumper’s Knee (patellar tendonitis). Irritation to the muscles and tendons connecting the knee cap to the shin bone. Most common in jumping sports like basketball.
  13. Hamstring strains.
  14. IT band syndrome, tenderness along the outside of the leg, extending down to the knee. Runners or cyclists commonly experience IT (Iliotibial) band syndrome. Some factors that may contribute to the likelihood of this complaint include excessive mileage and muscular weakness.
  15. Post surgical scarring. Reduce scarring from surgery including heart surgery.
  16. Post surgical fibrosis. Reduces the internal scar tissue build up from surgery.
  17. Hip pain/trochanteric bursitis. Waking up with hip pain or when you roll over is a common sign of hip bursitis. Irritated tissues around the point of the hip cause the pain.
  18. Low back pain.
  19. Most chronic tendinopathies. Although many complaints about soreness and tenderness are often called tendonitis, they may also be another condition called tendinopathy. Unlike tendonitis, tendinopathies do not involve inflammation or swelling, but rather a breakdown of the tissue. Instrument Assisted Therapy can aid in restoring the correct biomechanics that allow the damaged tissue to heal.
  20. Soft tissue changes associated with degenerative arthritis.
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