Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Graston Technique

Tired of Aches & Pains?

The Graston Technique is Clinically Proven to Achieve Quicker, More Effective Outcomes

The Isringhausen Family donated funds for the Graston
instruments in memory of Sharon Isringhausen.

Deb Wittman-PT, Meloday Watson-PT, Larry Bear-Administrator,
Dave Isringhausen, Kari Nairn, John David & Kelsee Nairn

Four clinicians from our physical therapy department were trained in the Graston technique in the month of December. The clinicians attending the training were physical therapists Melody Watson, Christa Kelly and Tiffany Blasa as well as Miranda Taylor, physical therapy assistant.

 What is the Graston Technique?
The Graston Technique® incorporates a patented form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization that enables clinicians to effectively detect and treat scar tissue and restrictions that affect normal function.

 How is this technique better than other treatments?

This technique has numerous benefits and has been clinically proven to:
  • Separate and break down collagen cross-links and splays
  • Stretch connective tissue and muscle fibers
  •  Increase skin temperature
  •  Facilitate reflex changes in the chronic muscle holding pattern
  • Alter spinal reflux activity (facilitated segment)
  • Increase the rate and amount of blood flow to and from the area
  • Increase cellular activity in the region, including fibroblasts and mast cells
  • Increase histamine response secondary to mast cell activity
  • Decrease overall time of treatment
  • Foster faster rehabilitation/recovery
  • Reduce need for anti-inflammatory medication
  • Resolve chronic conditions thought to be permanent
  • Allow patients to continue to engage in everyday activities

 How Are the Instruments Used?

Trained clinicians use the stainless steel instruments to comb over and "catch" on fibrotic tissue, which immediately identifies areas of restriction. Once the tissue has been identified, the instruments break up the scar tissue so it can be absorbed by the body.

What kind of results can I expect?

·         Patients are expected to experience an immediate increase in range of motion and decrease in pain. Treatment, particularly of a chronic condition, may be accompanied by mild discomfort and bruising. However, clinicians are trained to recognize and minimize bruising, and patients are advised prior to treatment.

How often will I need treatment?

Patients usually receive 2 treatments per week during a 4-5 week period. Most patients have a positive response by the 3rd or 4th treatment.

Common injuries or conditions that benefit from the Graston Technique:

  • Achilles Tendinosis/itis                 
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cervical Sprain/Strain                        
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Lateral Epicondylosis/itis                   
  • Lumbar Sprain/Strain
  • Medial Epicondylosis/itis                   
  • Patellofemoral Disorders
  • Plantar Fasciitis  
  • Scar Tissue                                         
  • Shin Splints
  • Trigger Finger                                   
  • Women’s Health (Post-Mastectomy and Caesarean Scarring)
  • Rotator Cuff Tendinosis/itis

    For more information about this new technique contact the Physical Therapy Department at 618.498.8480.