Our goal at Myopress Inc. is to help rebalance your life by rebalancing your muscles, that’s why we are offering a new service to clients to enhance that mission called Graston Technique therapy. Learn how it will be a great asset to our services, and why everyone from professional athletes to office workers are turning to the Graston Technique for faster and better outcomes
What Graston Technique Is
Graston Technique® is a patented form of manual therapy that uses handheld, stainless steel tools for soft tissue mobilization. Graston technique enables clinicians to effectively treat scar tissue and restrictions that affect normal muscular function. Healthcare providers must be trained and accredited in the Graston Technique® in order to practice the treatment.
The clinician can use up to six stainless steel tools, that are concave and convex-shaped with rounded edges, to release muscular trigger points.
How It Works and Benefits
First, the area is scanned with one of the tools specifically designed to locate muscle knots or restrictions. By running the tool over a client’s skin, the therapist can feel for fibrous or scar tissue that may be causing pain or limiting movement. Then, brushing or rubbing motions are applied against the grain of the scar tissue to break up that tissue to restore mobility and function. Each area of tension is treated for about 30 or 60 seconds with the Graston tools.
During the process, it is normal for the area of treatment to turn red from the friction and/or for the client to experience soreness. However, Graston Technique therapy should not be a painful process overall.
Some of the benefits of the Graston Technique are pain reduction, decreased delayed onset muscle soreness (or DOMS,) and improved muscle function. GT has been used to treat a wide variety of acute and chronic conditions including Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, neck pain, Plantar Fasciitis, Rotator Cuff Tendinitis, heel pain, DeQuervain’s Syndrome, surgical and traumatic scars, shin splints, IT band syndrome, and many other conditions.
According to Spine-health.com, “Research that has been conducted indicates a relatively high success rate for patients with chronic pain and acute pain from soft tissue injuries, both in terms of improving the patient’s function and reducing pain.”
How Graston Technique Complements Neuromuscular Therapy and Corrective Exercise
Graston Technique therapy can be used alone or as a part of a larger treatment plan to manage pain symptoms. When used in combination with neuromuscular therapy, Graston technique provides an enhanced precision to target trigger points more specifically and deeper into the muscle grain. Adding GT to a corrective exercise regimen can help speed up the rehabilitation process while rebuilding the appropriate tissue.
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Myopress Inc. is an accredited provider of the Graston Technique, and Ephraim is eager to answer your questions and solve your pain ailments with GT! Call, email, or come by for a session! Rates start at $85/hr.
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