What is Graston Technique?
Graston Technique is an advanced form of myofascial release. The procedure is instrument assisted and is used to detect and release fibrous restrictions or adhesions that produce pain, weakness and functional limitation for the patient.
The Graston Technique uses patented stainless steel instruments that are designed to be applied to varying anatomical parts of the body to precisely examine and treat a variety of neuromusculoskeletal conditions. The stainless steel instruments allow us to better detect and treat these areas because it glides along a patient’s muscle, tendons or ligaments and acts like a scar tissue stethoscope. When knots or bands of scar tissue are encountered, both the doctor and the patient experience a vibration sensations or a granular feeling which a restriction. The instruments magnify what the hands feel. They can detect thickening, ridges, adhesions, fibrotic nodules, crystalline deposits and scar tissue. The instrument can then be used to “break up” this restriction or adhesion. Stretching exercises are then used to promote re-alignment of the fibers so that they behave more like normal, healthy tissue.
The benefit of the Graston Technique is not only in detection of restrictions or adhesions, but also in the amount of improvement that takes place in a short amount of time. Unfortunately, the unaided hand is hard pressed to detect and break up as much scar tissue as the stainless steel instruments can.
When the Graston Technique is coupled with the necessary strengthening and stretching exercises, it provides a great aid to the chiropractic adjustment and the patient gets better much quicker and more completely.
Conditions which have responded particularly well to the Graston Technique
- Neck Pain
- Low Back Pain
- Medial Epicondylitis (Golfer’s Elbow)
- Lateral Epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow)
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (Wrist/Hand Pain)
- Plantar Fasciitis (Foot Pain)
- Rotator Cuff Tendinitis (Shoulder Pain)
- Patellar Tendinitis (Knee Pain)
- Tibialis Posterior Tendinitis
- DeQuervain’s Syndrome
- Post-Surgical and Traumatic Scars
- Myofascial Pain and Restrictions
- Chronic and Acute Sprains/Strains
- Non-Acute Bursitis
- RSD (Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy)
- IT Band Syndrome
- Wrist Tendinitis
- Reduced ROM Due to Scar Tissue
- Achilles Tendinitis (Heel Pain)
It is because of these reasons that Graston Technique is used to treat elite athletes by over 260 professional and collegiate organizations, including the US Olympic Team, the Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Cavaliers. Please click here for a complete listing of all of the organizations currently utilizing the Graston Technique.
“Graston Technique® currently is used by more than 16,775 clinicians, in some 1,760 outpatient facilities and by more than 260 professional and amateur sports organizations. GT is utilized on-site by 43 major corporations and is included in the curriculum of 57 respected universities and colleges. Clinicians at these organizations and institutions are treating elite athletes, patients and employees every day and counting on GT to get them injury free to function at the highest level.”
While Graston Technique is often used for athletic injuries, Dr. Bryan D. Royer utilizes it to treat all types of patients. Dr Royer is the only clinician in the Toledo, OH area who is certified to use the Graston Technique. The combination of Graston Technique and Kinesio Taping can help make the difference in athletes or spectators alike. Dr. Royer is also certified in sports medicine as a Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician. He was trained by Dr. Bill Moreau, the Medical Director for the US Olympic Team.