Looking for Pain Relief? The Graston Technique Can Help
Are You Living With Pain? Try the Graston Technique Today
Have you heard of the Graston Technique?
The Graston technique is a form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM). It is a type of manual therapy that incorporates special ergonomic tools that are used to gently massage and scrape parts of the skin.
The Graston Technique can also be used to treat numerous other conditions, including lower back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, rotator cuff tears, quadricep pain, tennis elbow, plantar fasciitis, and headaches.
These stainless steel instruments are used to heal injuries to soft tissues, such as sprains, strains, subluxations, and repetitive use injuries.
Are you suffering from a soft tissue injury? Do you have a sports injury or injury from a car accident? Do you have scars or adhesions that are causing pain and limiting your movement? If so, the Graston Technique can help you.
To learn more about how the Graston Technique can benefit you, request an appointment at Texas Star Rehab & Performance today!
What will my Graston Technique sessions look like?
At the beginning of a Graston Technique treatment, the areas of the soft tissue fibrosis will be moved to make the scar tissue more receptive.
The edge of the stainless steel tool will be used to slowly glide across the affected soft tissue until it comes in contact with an adhesion.
Our physical therapist will then rub over the adhesion to elicit movement. This friction will help promote the healing process of your soft tissue injury.
The amount of pressure used with the instrument, and the speed in which it is done will vary depending on the nature of your condition, and it will be adjusted throughout the treatment.
After each treatment, the affected area will be stretched and our physical therapist will provide you with ice packs if you experience any soreness.
Most patients who receive the Graston technique will undergo two treatments a week, over a five-week time frame. You should expect to notice relief by the third or fourth treatment.
Some of the many benefits of the Graston Technique include:
- Breakdown of collagen cross-links
- Boost in cellular activity for good health
- Increased rate of volume and blood flow to affected areas to enhance healing
- Increased mobility and ability to perform daily tasks
- Reduction in inflammation
- Reduction in pain, for a better quality of life
How will I benefit from the Graston Technique?
Scar tissue is a type of fibrous connective tissue that receives less blood than normal tissue and stretches much less. It tends to be thick and may build up around the ligaments, tendons, and muscles after an injury.
The buildup of soft tissue is referred to as adhesions. Injuries that may result in adhesions include shin splints, pulled hamstrings, meniscal tears, and much more.
When you are injured, adhesions and scar tissue may occur either in the tissues or in the skin. It is believed that scar tissue and adhesions prevent the underneath body structures from moving properly. This is because ligaments, tendons, and muscles are unable to move freely.
It’s problematic because scar tissue and adhesions may bend to fascia and cause a condition known as fascial restriction. Adhesions and scar tissue can also occur on a smaller scale as a result of a cross-linking of muscle fibers.
Over time, even the wear and tear of everyday life can cause muscle fibers to adhere to each other irregularly. With the Graston technique, the treatment causes muscle fiber separation, which reduces pain and increases functional mobility.
What else should I know?
Before adding the Graston Technique to your treatment plan, here are some helpful facts to keep in mind:
- It is part of the curriculum at more than 50 colleges and universities.
- It is used by more than 500 professional and amateur sports organizations.
- It is used by 16 NBA teams, 18 NFL teams, 16 MLB teams.
- It is applied at more than 3,600 outpatient facilities.
- More than 31,000 clinicians worldwide use it.
Are you looking to add the Graston Technique to your treatment plan? Contact us today!
Are you ready to get started on the path toward relief and recovery with the Graston Technique?
Contact Texas Star Rehab & Performance today to request an appointment with one of our dedicated Irving, TX physical therapists.
We are committed to helping you heal and get back to your pain-free life!
IASTM Can Help You Find the Relief You’ve Been Looking For
Have You Heard of IASTM?
If you haven’t heard of IASM, you should consider it. If you have been living with a painful and/or limiting condition, IASTM will likely benefit you.
Instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM) is a manual physical therapy technique performed at Texas Star Rehab & Performance.
Our Irving, TX physical therapists use special plastic or metal tools to gently move and scrape against the skin to relieve pain, decrease inflammation, and promote the healing process.
Contact Texas Star Rehab & Performance today to request an appointment with one of our licensed Irving, TX physical therapists and learn more about what you can gain from this technique!
What will an IASTM treatment session look like for me?
You may be wondering, “why is it necessary to use instruments in physical therapy?” Most manual physical therapy treatments are done with the hands, but there are many benefits that instruments can bring.
For example, these special instruments can effectively break down fascial (connective tissue) restrictions and scar tissue across the body. These instruments are also designed to act as an aid for physical therapists, so they can find and treat affected areas with more accuracy.
There are a number of different speeds and pressures that an IASTM-trained physical therapist may use while conducting this specific technique, and it will be based on the nature of your condition and your specific needs.
These different speeds and pressures work to facilitate a contraction (also known as turning a muscle on) or inhibit a muscle (also known as turning a muscle off).
This also helps break down adhesions or scars that may have occurred, due to a surgical operation, repetitive use injury, or immobilization. By breaking these down, IASTM allows functional restoration to occur.
IASTM has been proven to help with:
- Muscle recruitment issues
- Pain with movement
- Motor control issues
- Limited motion
When using certain levels of pressure through IASM on the affected muscles, tendons, or ligaments, a mild inflammatory response is initiated.
While this may seem counterintuitive, inflammation helps promote the body’s natural healing process, so you can recover and get back to your life faster.
So, how do I know if IASTM will treat my condition?
You may be wondering if IASTM is right for you.
There are a vast number of conditions that IASTM can treat, including, but not limited to:
- IT band syndrome
- Trigger finger
- Plantar fasciitis
- Post-surgical and traumatic scars
- Tennis and golfer’s elbow
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Chronic joint swelling associated with sprains/strains
- Shin splints
- Ligament sprains
- Muscle strains
- Patellar tendonitis
- Rotator cuff tendonitis
- Muscle imbalances
- Myofascial pain and restrictions
- Heel pain/Achilles tendonitis
- Hip pain
- Neck pain
- Back pain
Ready to get started?
Contact our Irving, TX physical therapy office today to request your appointment At Irving, TX Centre and meet with one of our dedicated physical therapists who will determine the best course of treatment for you.
Do you have one of the symptoms listed above? Are you suffering from pain? Are you not able to breeze through your daily tasks anymore?
If so, discover the benefits of IASTM today!
Don’t suffer through life any longer – take a stand with physical therapy!