March 31, 2022 Physical Therapy of Milwaukee

Graston Technique

What is it?

Graston is a form of manual therapy known as soft-tissue instrument-assisted mobilization. This technique is performed with stainless steel tools that gently scrape against the skin. It is designed to help our therapist identify areas of restriction and attempt to break up scar tissue in muscles.

The goal is to transform or rearrange the injured soft-tissue being treated (muscle, tendon, ligaments, fascia) into healthy functioning tissue. When an injury within the soft tissue occurs, the tissue may repair itself in a pattern that can form scar tissue. This scar tissue build up can limit range of motion and cause stiffness that may lead or contribute to chronic aches and pains.

What are the benefits?

  • Promote healing to injured soft-tissue

  • Breaks down scar tissue & fascia restrictions

  • Improve/restore range of motion

  • Decrease pain levels 

  • Increase blood flow

What conditions can Graston treat?

  • Ankle Sprains

  • Cervical Sprain/Strain

  • Rotator Cuff Tendinosis/itis 

  • Lateral Epicondylosis/itis (Tennis Elbow)

  • Medial Epicondylosis/itis (Golfer’s Elbow)

  • Achilles Tendinosis/itis

  • Patellofemoral Disorders 

  • Trigger Finger

  • Plantar Fasciitis 

  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

  • Post-Surgical Scar Tissue

  • Shin Splints

  • Low Back Sprain/Strain (Back Pain)

Who Uses it?

Physical therapists can use the Graston Technique to break up the excess scar tissue created during surgery and restore the function of the structure (muscle, tendon, ligaments, fascia) being treated. This technique can also be used on the everyday sore muscle breaking up a build up of scar tissue and relieving pain in aggravated muscles.

⅔ of NFL, NBA and MLB teams use this technique on their athletes to keep them performing at the highest level. Athletes and those involved in sports can use the Graston to stay on top of their game as a great recovery tool for sore muscles. This method can also be used on those recovering from a surgery with excess scar tissue in their muscles. 

Want to see if Graston would be right for your injury or condition? Call/text 414-281-3444 or leave you information below to schedule a free screen or initial evaluation.