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Graston Technique®

How does the Graston Technique® work?

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Graston Technique

In the healing process, our body attempts to repair muscles, tendons and ligaments with “scar tissue,” much like the scar that forms on the skin when you have scraped your knee. As you can imagine, that scar tissue is not as strong and flexible as normal, healthy, undamaged tissue.

Over time – spurred on through injury or repetitive movement — we can experience a buildup of this fibrous scar tissue, particularly in the muscles, tendons and ligaments that get a lot of use. Unfortunately, this replacement tissue lacks the strength and flexibility of healthy tissue, which not only restricts mobility, but can pull the spine out of alignment, and place disproportionate stress on other parts of the body as it tries to compensate for its limitations. In some cases, the scar tissue will mat down and compress or entrap a nerve. These adhesions produce a wide range of restrictive symptoms, from stiffness and limited range of motion, to chronic and often debilitating pain.

The Graston Technique® incorporates specialized stainless steel instruments that glide along a patient’s muscle, tendons or ligaments and act like a “scar tissue” stethoscope. The instruments allow for a deeper, more sensitive palpation and treatment of fibrotic restricted tissue than hand-based modalities alone. When knots or bands of scar tissue are encountered, both the doctor and the patient sense a restriction or a granular feeling. The instrument can then be used to “break up” this restriction or adhesion. Stretching and strengthening exercises and deep tissue massage are then used to promote re-alignment of the fibers so that they behave more like normal, healthy tissue.

Which will benefit me more: Spinal Manipulative Therapy (SMT) or the Graston Technique®?

The most common therapeutic procedure performed by doctors of chiropractic is known as “spinal manipulation,” also called “chiropractic adjustment.” The purpose of SMT is to restore joint mobility by manually applying a controlled force into joints that have become hypomobile – or restricted in their movement – as a result of a tissue injury. Repetitive adjustments are often needed to “re-train” the muscles and vertebrae to stay in alignment. In most cases, once improvement is noted, the frequency of visits decreases until you’re only getting adjusted every few weeks or months. If scar tissue is present, however, SMT may only provide temporary realignment and relief, since the restrictive adhesions will continue to pull the spine and joints out of alignment. If this is the case, a round of treatment with the Graston Technique® will likely provide more sustainable and lasting relief.

How many Graston treatments are recommended?

Patients usually receive 2 Graston treatments per week over 4-8 weeks, and most report a positive response by the 3rd or 4th treatment. Each treatment lasts 15 – 30 minutes.

Am I a candidate for the Graston Technique®?

The Graston Technique® is not appropriate for every patient condition. It is, however, very helpful for people with the most common conditions we treat in our office. If you find yourself coming in weekly for chiropractic adjustments, experience stiffness or lingering discomfort throughout the day, or suffer from chronic pain, the Graston Technique® may be for you. For more information, go to or we invite you to contact us for more information. We’re here to help you on your road to health and wholeness!

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