Graston Technique and therapeutic method that has been used in outpatient clinics since 1994. GT instruments – made of stainless steel, specifically designed and developed as an alternative to manual transverse friction massage – are used as an aid in the diagnosis and treatment of soft tissue pathology and dysfunction. The instruments provide diagnostic tactile feedback to both the clinician and the patient, as the instruments act as a focused extension of the clinician’s own hands. GISTM research, initially conducted at Ball Memorial Hospital and Ball State University, includes an vitro significantly activates fibroblasts to both replicate and synthesize.(1, 2) Thus, GISTM increases the amount of fibroblasts and the quantity of collagen deposited, which should speed healing of dense connective tissue like tendon and ligament. The rate of activation is proportional to the force applied to the tendon.
Clinical experience has shown that Graston Technique is of benefit in the management of a large variety of musculoskeletal disorders. These include: carpal tunnel syndrome, cervical pain, deQuervain’s syndrome, epicondylitis, fibromyalgia, IT band syndrome, joint sprain, lower back pain, muscle strain, painful scar, plantar fasciitis, post fracture pain and tendinitis.(3-6) A large case series found that Graston Technique patient functional capabilities both in ADLs, and work related function.
A 2009 research report in JOSPT shows instrumentassisted cross-fiber treatment “accelerates” healing and knee ligaments were 43% stronger with use of instrument-assisted cross-fiber massage.(8)
· Graston Technique therapeutic method
· Stainless steel instruments are used to focus treatment forces and improve diagnostic ability
· Graston Technique treatment of: carpal tunnel syndrome, cervical pain, de Quervain's syndrome, epicondylitis, fibromyalgia, IT band syndrome, joint sprain, lower back pain, muscle strain, painful scar, plantar fasciitis, post fracture pain and tendonitis(7)
Dr. Jon Messenger recieved his training
at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs
and is a certified GRASTON provider.
Effectively Treating Acute and Chronic Injuries
The Graston Technique ® , originally developed by athletes, is changing the way clinicians — including physical and occupational therapists, hand therapists, chiropractors and athletic trainers — and patients view treatment of acute and chronic soft tissue injuries.
Graston Technique ® is an innovative, patented form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization that enables clinicians to effectively break down scar tissue and fascial restrictions. The technique utilizes specially designed stainless steel instruments to specifically detect and effectively treat areas exhibiting soft tissue fibrosis or chronic inflammation.