The Graston Technique is an advanced form of instrument assisted soft tissue mobilisation.
It was initially developed in the early 1990s by a competitive water-skier, David Graston. Following a knee injury that failed to respond to surgery and main stream therapies he devised a form of the present shaped instruments which helped to resolve his chronic knee problem.
The Graston instruments comprise of six shaped metal bars. They are made to mould to the varied contours of the body. They are different sizes for different parts of the body so they can be used from the wrist and foot to the back and thigh.
The Graston instruments have been likened to a tuning fork. As the instruments are moved over soft tissue in various sweeping actions, they resonate in the clincian’s hands. When going over an area with adhesions, scar tissue or chronic inflammation the resonance alters and the specific problem area is identifiable both to the clinician and patient. The patient is able to feel what the clinician feels.
The Graston Technique can be used to assist the treatment of many different conditions such as: neck and back pain, Achilles tendonitis, Plantar fasciitis (policeman’s heel), shin splints, muscle tears, tendon injuries, ligament sprains, tennis and golfers elbow, post-operative scar tissue, trigger points (knots) in muscles, unresolved chronic soft tissue problems – especially those in the lower limb associated with running.
This innovative technique is used in only a few clinics in Britain. It has been clinically proven to achieve faster and better outcomes in treating both acute and chronic soft tissue conditions.
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