Graston Technique Surrey: Treatment to Improve Soft Tissue Injury

Posted by Barry Harpur on June 11th, 2015

The Graston Technique was originally developed for athletes who require effective and non-invasive treatment to improve chronic and acute soft tissue injury. The technique is a patented and innovative form of an instrument-assisted mobilisation of soft tissues, and it lets treatment professionals break down the scar tissue and other restrictions in the fascia. As a result, the Graston Technique can specifically find and effectively treat portions of the body that exhibit chronic inflammation and soft tissue fibrosis.

Trained clinicians at Ball State University and Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie, Indiana, USA conducted research on the Graston Technique and found that controlled micro trauma—which is induced through the protocol—can enhance the level of fibroblasts to the area that needs treatment. The inflammation of the scar tissue induces the healing cascade to rearrange the tissue structure and replace the damaged tissue with new tissue. Ice is applied to minimise pain, and exercise will be recommended to improve range of motion and function.

Other Clinical studies were conducted to document the efficacy of Graston Technique in achieving better results than conventional therapies. It was found that Graston Technique can be effective in treating injuries, which may have failed to respond to previous therapies. The technique requires the use of certain instruments, which are almost similar to a tuning fork. To enable him or her to isolate restrictions and adhesions for a more precise treatment, the instrument resonates in the hands of the therapist.

Scar tissue limits your range of motion and causes pain, which may prevent you from functioning well. Normal tissue is typically viewed as dense, regular, and elongated fibres that run in the same direction, like ligaments and tendons, or as dense, loose, and irregular fibres going into multiple directions. Either way, when tissue is damaged, it tends to heal in a pattern that is consider haphazard, causing the scarring, pain, and restricted range of motion.

The technique seeks to break down and separate collage cross-links, and stretch and splay muscle fibres and connective tissue, increase skin temperature, and encourage reflex changes in chronic muscle holding pattern. Graston Technique can improve cellular activity in the injured region, increase the amount and rate of blood flow to and from the area, and improve the histamine response.

Graston Technique instruments should enhance the therapist's ability to find adhesions, restrictions, and scar tissue in affected areas. Stainless steel instruments may be used to comb over fibrotic tissue to detect restrictions. The instruments will be used to soften and break up scar tissue, so your body can absorb it. Minor discomfort is commonly felt during the procedure. You may experience some bruising, too. These are part of the healing process with Graston Technique. Just be sure that the procedure is provided by an accredited and trained therapist.

About Kinesis Clinic:

Kinesis Clinic based in the Guildford town centre provide the highest quality of osteopathic and injury rehabilitation services. They specialise in sports injuries, post surgery rehabilitation, work related injuries and offer many more treatments. The service offered by them includes osteopathy, injury prevention, movement assessment & training, acupuncture dry needing and Active Release Techniques.

Like it? Share it!

Barry Harpur

About the Author

Barry Harpur
Joined: May 13th, 2015
Articles Posted: 10

More by this author