Graston is an advanced technique that uses specialized stainless steel instruments to treat tough soft tissue injuries. And by soft tissue, we’re referring to your muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia. Whether it’s a brand new injury, like a pulled muscle or sprained ankle, or a chronic one, like an old whiplash injury, Graston works like nothing else.
If you have a soft tissue injury, pain or stiffness that just isn’t getting better, consider giving Graston a try. It’s comfortable and effective, and best of all it works quickly for most conditions. Dr. McGahey has been using it to help people just like you get out of pain since 1998.
How Do Soft Tissue Injuries Occur?
Soft tissue injuries can occur in a number of different ways. Perhaps the most common cause is from overuse, such as from using a computer and keyboard all day. Repetitive use of a body part can also cause an overuse soft tissue injury, like with running, throwing, and playing sports. A third cause of soft tissue injury is trauma, like from falls, contact sports, or whiplash from a car crash.
Regardless of the cause, soft tissue injuries lead to your body producing scar tissue in the injured area. Scar tissue causes your muscles and other soft tissues to become stiff, weak and inflamed, and eventually painful. Graston technique can quickly and effectively break up this scar tissue, returning normal function to the injured area.
How Does Graston Technique Work?
When scar tissue forms in healthy muscles and soft tissue, it has a rough texture to it. It’s similar to glue, that sticks muscles and other soft tissues together, causing them to be stiff. Graston instruments have specialized shapes and edges that are able to break up scar tissue, even with very old, tough or nagging in juries.
Graston technique is incredibly effective at breaking up scar tissue. In fact, it’s even more effective when combined with other manual therapies like chiropractic and Active Release. Graston can help eliminate pain, improve flexibility, reduce healing time, and speed up recovery. Patients often start feeling improvement after their first treatment.