The Graston Technique® – An Innovative Tool for Healing in Freehold, NJ
The Graston Technique (GT) is an evidence-based form of instrument-assisted, soft tissue mobilization therapy. The orthopedists at Advanced Physical Therapy of Freehold, NJ, use GT to identify areas of chronic inflammation and soft tissue fibrosis, address fascial (connective tissue) restrictions and scar tissue adhesions, and restore range of motion. When used in combination with a comprehensive education and training program, GT can promote healing and enhance outcomes for injured athletes of all levels.
Scar tissue is a byproduct of the body’s natural injury repair process. Sometimes, bands of scar tissue link together to form adhesions. Adhesions can be problematic in that they can interfere with the smooth movement of muscles and reduce range of motion. When performing the Graston Technique to address adhesions, the sports medicine specialists at Advanced Physical Therapy of Freehold, New Jersey, use specialized stainless-steel instruments to comb over and “catch” on fibrotic tissue, which immediately identifies areas of restriction. Once identified, the adhesions can be broken up to promote proper tissue healing.
The Graston Technique can be beneficial for treating a variety of soft tissue conditions, such as:
- Sprains and strains
- Adhesive capsulitis
- Plantar fasciitis
- Iliotibial (IT) band syndrome
- Tennis elbow
- Golfer’s elbow
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Rotator cuff tendinosis
- Achilles tendinosis
Usually, the Graston Technique is preceded by the performance of warm-up exercises and followed by stretching and icing. As with any type of manual therapy, GT can sometimes produce minor discomfort, redness and bruising in the treatment area. The practitioners at AOSMI are skilled in recognizing these symptoms early on, and can adjust the treatment intensity to minimize their occurrence with maximizing while effectiveness of GT.
In many cases, the Graston Technique can decrease an injured athlete’s recovery time and reduce the need for medication-based treatment. If you’d like to learn more, contact Advanced Physical Therapy of Freehold, NJ.