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Graston Technique Soft Tissue Mobilization

The Graston Technique takes manual physical therapy to new heights. With this advancement, an Ogden Clinic physical therapist uses contoured stainless steel tools to break down scar tissue and realign muscle fibers. Athletes and chronic pain sufferers have reported tremendous success with the Graston Technique.

How does the Graston Technique work?

The Graston Technique is performed with hand-held stainless steel instruments that have an advantage over the human hand in manual therapy. The stainless steel ‘blades’ contour to different parts of the body and help physical therapists identify damaged tissue through sound and feel. Unlike the wide pads of the human hand, Graston tools do not compress the body. Instead, they scrape across damaged tissue, introducing small amounts of trauma to the affected area.

When micro-trauma occurs, the patient’s body increases the amount of nutrient-dense blood flow to that area. The Graston Technique helps to realign damaged fibers into the normal pattern of healthy tissue while breaking up scar tissue.

What is the Graston Technique used to treat?

Both chronic and acute conditions can be improved using the Graston Technique. Athletes have reported faster recovery from sports injuries when incorporating the Graston Technique into their treatment. The technique has also been shown to improve:

  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Tennis and golfer’s elbow
  • Muscle strains including the knees, calves, and quads
  • Achilles tendon injury
  • Back and neck pain

The Graston Technique is not right for every type of injury, but is proven to be very beneficial for soft tissue trauma. Make an appointment with a Graston Technique certified physical therapist today to explore if this treatment is right for you.

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