The Graston Technique® – An Innovative Tool for Healing in Jackson, NJ
The Graston Technique® (GT) is an innovative type of manual therapy offered by Advanced Physical Therapy of Freehold near Jackson, NJ. Also known as soft-tissue instrument-assisted mobilization, GT involves gently massaging and scraping the skin using specialized stainless-steel instruments, which are designed to “catch” and break up adhesions that cause pain or restrict mobility.
Specifically, when performing the Graston Technique, a practitioner will use handheld instruments to rub against the grain of scar tissue using a cross-friction massage. The goal is to reintroduce a minimal amount of trauma to an injury site. While this can temporarily increase inflammation (and cause slight discomfort), it can also promote the flow of blood and other nutrients to the area, which in turn can boost the healing of damaged tissue.
The physical therapists at Advanced Physical Therapy of Freehold near Jackson, New Jersey, may recommend Graston Technique to address a variety of soft tissue injuries and conditions, including:
- Ligament sprains
- Muscle strains
- Adhesive capsulitis
- Rotator cuff tendinosis
- Tennis elbow
- Golfer’s elbow
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Iliotibial (IT) band syndrome
- Shin splints
- Achilles tendinosis
- Plantar fasciitis
As compared to traditional treatments, the Graston Technique offers several potential advantages, such as a faster recovery and rehabilitation and less reliance on pain relievers and anti-inflammatory medications. Additionally, GT can sometimes resolve a chronic condition that was previously believed to be permanent.
When used as a complement to a comprehensive education and training program that includes targeted stretches and exercises, the Graston Technique can potentially promote injury healing and enhance performance for athletes of all levels. If you’d like to learn more, contact Advanced Physical Therapy of Freehold near Jackson, NJ, today.