GRASTON TECHNIQUE

What is it and why do we use it:
Graston Technique ® is a form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization which allows the therapist to effectively address scar tissue follow surgery, edema, and fascial restrictions resulting in improved patient outcomes.

Brandon Klump- co-owner of ORS and clinical director for the Foot, Ankle & Running Center in Jackson, MI (owned and managed by Orthopaedic Rehab Specialists) shows how using the Graston Technique on legs, ankles and achilles can help ease tension in the muscles and help blood flow for healing and proper circulation.

Lisa McCarrell, clinical director for ORS-Jonesville shows how to use the Graston Technique for physical therapy on the neck, shoulder, and arms to reduce inflammation, pain, and discomfort. The Graston Technique is used as a treatment option at all 7 ORS Clinics.

The Graston Technique® was developed in the early 90’s by a former athlete who experienced knee stiffness and tightness following a water skiing accident.  He coupled his knowledge of machining with researchers at Ball State University in Indiana to develop the Graston® instruments and treatment protocols. The technique of cross fiber massage is grounded in the works of James Cyriax, an English Orthopedist.

Conditions Effectively Treated with Graston® Tools:

  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

  • DeQuervain’s Syndrome

  • Golfer’s/Tennis Elbow

  • Medial/Lateral Epicondylitis

  • Rotator Cuff Tendonitis

  • Cervical Sprain/Strain

  • Lumbar Sprain/Strain

  • Patellofemoral Disorders

  • Shin Splints

  • Achilles Tendonitis

  • Plantar Fasciitis

  • Post-surgical scarring

The Graston Technique® is a patented form of instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization that enhances a clinician’s hands in the releasing of acute or chronically inflamed/fibrotic tissue.  This technique utilizes six uniquely shaped stainless steel instruments or "tools" that act like a stethoscope for the tissue.  Passing over areas of scar tissue, spasm, or swelling the “tools” as referred to by patients vibrate in the clinician’s hands identifying the exact locations needed for treatment. The curvilinear edges of the “tools” do not compress like the fat pads of the fingers during manual therapy mobilization allowing for multi-level penetration. The increased sensitivity to palpation allows for precise and deeper penetration facilitating improved circulation, re-generation and re-modeling of the tissue.

The technique separates and breaks down collagen cross–links, splaying and stretching connective tissue and muscle fibers. Increased cellular activity in the region includes fibroblasts and mast cells. Histamine response is increased secondary to mast cell activity. Improved circulation, skin temperature, and facilitation of reflex changes in the chronic muscle holding pattern are also produced by applying the Graston Technique®.

 

 ORS PT Lisa McCarrell works the Graston Technique on a patient. 

ORS PT Lisa McCarrell works the Graston Technique on a patient. 

Graston Technique is used at all 7 of the Orthopaedic Rehab Specialists locations. 

Holt Clinic: 517-539-3384
East Clinic: 517-539-3393
West Clinic: 517-253-9097
Jonesville Clinic: 517-849-7040
Napoleon Clinic: 517-536-7742
Total Joint & Aquatic Center:
517-990-6231
Foot, Ankle & Running:
517-962-4437

Patient Testimonials:

“This technique was very effective in helping me regain the flexibility in my wrist. I no longer am scared of it…. I welcome it!!” 
Stacy D.

“I feel between 50 – 100% improvement in my knee stiffness and tightness. I have less tension and strain performing my daily activities and chores.” 
Tressa W.

“I am able to walk on uneven ground, go up and down stairs and drive easier because of the mobility I achieved through the Graston Technique sessions.“
Dawn C.