Written by Daniel Muniz, DPT
The Graston Technique (GT) is a non-invasive treatment option done by a certified GT clinician. The provider uses various shaped stainless-steel instruments to treat a variety of chronic and acute conditions.
The GT can be very beneficial in treating the following conditions: soft tissue inflammation, post-surgical scar tissue, muscular trigger points, cervical pain, tennis/golfer’s elbow, chronic inflammation, plantar fasciitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, sprains/strains, IT band syndrome and knee pain, as well as many other issues.
The Graston Technique can treat virtually everyone. Positive results have been seen in 75-90 percent of all conditions treated. The non-invasive treatment is done in conjunction with some specific exercises and/or stretches.
Is it painful? You may experience some discomfort depending on the injury and the area being targeted. GT does not need to be considered painful to increase effectiveness. The certified clinician always adjusts the pressure to your comfort level and treatment needs.
Most patients see lasting results by the third treatment. For optimal results, the Graston Technique is typically utilized with physical therapy treatment twice a week, for 4-5 weeks. Make sure you find a certified clinician who has taken the specific coursework.