Graston, a form of manual therapy known as soft-tissue instrument-assisted mobilization, utilizes instruments used to gently massage/scape the skin. This deeper, more intense treatment option pin-points areas of immobility and limitation with attempts to break up scar tissue.
Graston treats several different immobility and limitations associated with:
- Back Pain
- Neck Pain
- Ankle Pain
- Wrist Pain
- Hip Pain
- Shin Splints
- Shoulder Pain (Frozen Shoulder)
- Leg Pain
- New or Old Sports Injuries
Benefits of Graston
Graston offers several benefits such as:
- Decreasing overall treatment time
- Faster healing/recovery time
- Resolving chronic issues that were thought to be life-long
Combining Graston with chiropractic or physical therapy may promote even quicker healing time and offer additional benefits.
There are six different tools used in Graston. These tools are made of stainless steel, are concave and convex shaped, have profound round edges and are not sharp. They are used to located muscle knots or areas of limited mobility.
Your doctor run the Graston tools over your skin to feel for scar tissue that may be causing you pain. Once the area(s) of pain are located, they will use the tools to break up that tissue and allow you to return to a pain-free life.
Treatment times are fairly quick, ranging from 30 to 60 seconds per agitated area.