What is Graston?
The Graston technique is a type of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization.
It originated from a traditional Chinese medical treatment called Gua Sha, which used bone or jade tools. The Graston instruments are stainless steel instruments, varying in size and shape to the different parts of the body.
The use of the Graston technique has been utilized for a number of years now at the Centeno-Schultz Clinic to:
- Amplify the effects of the injection-based therapies performed by the Centeno-Schultz physicians
- Augment other adjunct therapies provided by the physical therapist such as functional dry needling
- Enhance the corrective-based home exercise program developed through the clinic
We’ve provided an FAQ below to help patients further explore Graston Technique.
Who is Graston for?
Patient populations that are appropriate for utilizing the Graston technique can vary from acute and subacute all the way to chronic conditions involving the fascia and soft tissue.
The utilization of the Graston technique with our patient population here at the Centeno-Schultz Clinic varies for simply a reduction of swelling and inflammation to the reduction of pain as well as increasing blood flow to help amplify and maximize the physiological responses to the injection-based therapies performed by our physicians.
What to expect
While most patients report a stimulation of blood flow to the targeted areas as well as a reduction of their pain, sometimes a small amount of reddening called petechia to the affected areas targeted with the Graston instruments, which is indicative of creating a small amount of trauma with the Graston instruments.
These are typically very short-term effects, with a more immediate sense of response from the patient’s aspect of feeling of improvement in both pain as well as function.