Graston Technique, an effective treament for overuse/repetitive use & sports injuries

Soft Tissue Manipulation - Improving Function And Decreasing Pain

Graston Technique (GT) detects and treats scar tissue and adhesions in muscle, ligaments, tendons and fascia as result of overuse, injury, and even poor posture. These adhesions form similar to scars, for example, after scraping your skin. The tissue is laid down in a haphazard way and forms fibrotic, hard micro nodules which are not as “elastic” as the healthy tissue, leading to pain and dysfunction.

Dr O’Donnell uses one of the six patented stainless steel instruments to aid her in the detection of adhesions or scar tissue in that it acts as kind of a “soft tissue stethoscope”. She is able to feel the “gravel like” grittiness or “speed bump” as she moves along a muscle, or other tissue. It is then that she can focus the treatment over the much needed area to break down the fibrous nodules. She also utilizes either heat, ice, ultrasound or stretching exercises to restore patients to their pre-injury activity. Strengthening exercises and muscle re-education is then employed to prevent further injury.

Often times patients think that their pain is due to arthritis and that they have to live with it. Or, they have tried other therapies to no avail. In many cases it is because the "soft tissue" component of the pain has not been addressed. This intervention, when combined with other therapies may be the most effective way to alleviate pain.

Patients usually receive two treatments per week for four to five weeks. Most patients have a positive response within two to three treatments and are able to perform their regular functions at home or work. GT decreases overall time of treatment, fosters faster rehabilitation/recovery, reduces need for anti-inflammatory medication and resolves chronic conditions thought to be permanent. Sometimes bruising and soreness can occur which can be controlled with ice and/or stretching.