If you have a condition that affects your skeletal muscle or connective tissue due to a chronic condition or sports injury, the Graston Technique® can help improve your movement and reduce your pain. Typically, Graston Technique® is used along with other stretching and strengthening methods.
What is Graston Technique®?
Your physical therapist will use six stainless steel tools to give your muscles and tendons a cross-friction (against the grain) massage. The goal is to pinpoint:
- Adhesions — scar tissue
- Trigger points — tender or sensitive areas in your muscle
- Soft tissue restrictions — areas of limited movement and flexibility from overuse or strain
Your therapist will then rub the affected area with the same tools to help break down scar tissue and stretch connective fibers. This process aggravates the affected area and causes inflammation. Though it sounds counterproductive, this process stimulates the desired outcome. Inflammation increases blood flow, and increased blood flow promotes healing.
What Conditions Can Graston Technique® Treat?
Graston Technique® can be used to treat a variety of acute and chronic conditions, such as:
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Tennis/Golfer’s Elbow
- Plantar fasciitis
- Scar tissue/post-surgical scars
- Shin splints
- Trigger finger
- Women's health (post-mastectomy and Caesarean scarring)
What to Expect for Graston Technique® Treatment
You will likely be scheduled for treatments two to three times per week for about eight weeks. For chronic conditions, your therapist may recommend a longer course of treatment. Typically, you can expect to feel improvement after your first four treatments.
You may experience minor discomfort during the procedure although it's usually more comfortable than your therapist probing your pain points with his hands. There may also be some bruising and soreness afterward. This will only last a few days and your therapist is trained to adjust treatment intensity to minimize your symptoms over the course of your treatments.
Talk to your doctor about a referral to physical therapy. With the referral we can schedule you for an evaluation right away and together take the first steps towards improvement or recovery.
These services are provided at the locations below:
480 Floyd Road, Suite A
Spartanburg, SC 29307
Pelham Medical Center
4th floor of main hospital
250 Westmoreland Road
Greer, SC 29651
Sports Medicine Institute - Upward Star Center
9768 Warren H. Abernathy Highway
Spartanburg, SC 29301
Thomas E. Hannah YMCA
151 Ribault Street, Suite 200
Spartanburg, SC 29302