Graston Technique: A New Method for Pain Management and Sports Injury Treatment

by Dr. Nathan Hinkeldey on July 26, 2012


Graston Technique and Tools

Pain is a serious issue today. Musculoskeletal conditions account for one of the largest portions of expenditures for companies and the government. Musculoskeletal conditions include conditions like low back pain, neck pain, headaches, knee pain, shoulder pain, and many other conditions related to muscles and joints. As you search for providers to assist in remedying this pain, you need to consider the possible structures that cause pain. These structures include the joint, muscle, and connective tissue. Finding a provider that can address each of these components will lead to an appropriate diagnosis and a more timely recovery which will decrease the amount of money you spend.

With musculoskeletal conditions, conservative care is a great place to start. The current guidelines suggest that patients with pain begin either with primary care, chiropractor, or physical therapy. Guidelines also note that often times these interventions should be started without the use of x-ray or MRI. Most providers can offer exercise and stretching in order to address weak or tight muscle, respectively. Others can offer manipulation and mobilization of your joints in order to promote movement and decrease pain. Few physicians actually target the fascial tissue which is a large part of injury and many pain syndromes. Fascia surrounds every structure in your body including muscle, ligament, nerve, and vessel. One effective method for the treatment of fascia is using Graston Technique.

What The Graston Technique Does

Graston Technique utilizes six stainless steel instruments designed specifically to treat muscle and fascial injuries. Using these instruments helps to amplify what the physician can feel while, at the same time, mechanically breaking up scar tissue that may be present from an injury, prolonged posture, surgery, or car accident. Pain persists following an injury or surgery because the fascia has become disorganized and immobile. This creates an imbalance of tension which can result in increasing your chance for degeneration and continued pain. Graston Technique has been effective in relieving pain associated with medial and lateral epicondylitis/-osis, rotator cuff strains, low back pain, neck pain, headaches, plantar fasciitis, patellar tendonitis/-osis, Osgood Schlatter’s, chronic ankle sprains, and any other condition resulting in muscle and fascial injury. This technique is often extremely useful not only as a primary initial treatment, but also works when other types of treatment have failed.

In conclusion, providers that are able to treat each structure (muscle, joint, and fascia) are able to address all of the complications present with most injuries. This may include lengthening the fascia using Graston Technique, stretching the tight muscles, strengthening the weak muscles, and mobilizing the joints that aren’t moving properly. This comprehensive approach will ensure that all of your body’s systems will be balanced and ready to perform. For those looking for this comprehensive approach to health care and pain management, Team Chiropractic and Rehabilitation should be your first stop for chiropractic care in Johnston.


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