The Graston Technique: An Innovative PT Treatment

Summit Orthopedics physical therapy services offer the latest in effective treatment—including the Graston Technique, a treatment developed for patients with acute and chronic soft tissue injuries.



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When we suffer a strained muscle or a pulled ligament or tendon, trauma is caused to the affected soft tissues, and can result in scar tissue and fascia restrictions. At Summit, we offer a variety of therapies to treat these injuries, including the innovative, evidence-based Graston Technique.

The Graston Technique is a form of manual therapy that uses 6 stainless steel  instruments in combination with a specialized form of massage. The instruments have rounded edges, and are used to scan and detect injured tissues as well as to provide treatment. By using cross-friction massage to rub against the grain of scar tissue, scar tissue is broken down and connective tissue is rearranged. The therapy reintroduces small amounts of trauma to the injured area. Sometimes, this process causes temporary inflammation. Inflammation benefits the injury by increasing the rate and amount of blood flow, initiating the healing process of the affected tissues.

By using the Graston Technique to break down the scar tissue and fascia restrictions caused by soft tissue trauma, therapists are able to reduce patient pain and increase function.

This technique offers particular benefits to patients suffering from back muscle strain. Our back is comprised of muscles, fascia, ligaments, and tendons. Injuries to any of these soft tissues—including a simple back muscle strain—can have a significant impact on back pain, functionality, and ease of movement.

For patients suffering back pain as the result of soft tissue damage, the potential advantages of the Graston Technique include the following:

  • A decrease in treatment time.
  • Faster rehabilitation.
  • Reduced need for anti-inflammatory medication.
  • In some cases, this treatment can be helpful in resolving chronic conditions

The typical length of treatment for lower back pain patients is one to ten visits over the course of several weeks. This is a manual therapy, so you will not be required to take any medications during treatment.

By training our physical therapists in the Graston Technique, Summit offers you one more treatment option to help get you past pain and back to a fulfilling and active lifestyle.


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