GRASTON SCAR TISSUE THERAPY TECHNIQUE

The Graston Technique® allows us to detect and treat patients for areas of scar tissue or adhesions in muscles, tendons, and ligaments that can lead to pain and dysfunction.

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 or banged your knee.  As you can imagine, that scar tissue is not as strong and flexible as normal, healthy, undamaged tissue.  Over time we can have a build up of this fibrous scar tissue, particularly in the muscles, tendons, and ligaments that get a lot of use.  This can lead to pain and dysfunction because this replacement tissue lacks the strength and flexibility of healthy tissue (in some areas it may even mat down and entrap a nerve).

Scar tissue improvement

The Graston Technique® allows us to better detect and treat these areas because it uses a stainless steel instrument that 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 sense a restriction or a granular feeling. 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.  Overall effectiveness is related to the conditions below.

Injury

Average
# of Treatments

Complete
100%

Excellent
90%+

Good
80%+

Fair
70%+

Unchanged
less than 70%

Success Rate

 Achilles Tendinitis

8

4

73

15

0

8

92

 Ankle Sprain

8

6

52

24

6

12

82

 Plantar Fasciitis

7

2

44

24

11

19

70

 Patella Femoral Syndrome

11

5

42

24

24

5

71

 Cervical Pain

11

4

49

29

13

5

82

 Low Back Pain

11

8

44

35

6

7

87

 Fibromyalgia

10

6

31

44

6

13

81

 Hip Pain

9

8

30

50

4

8

88

 Hamstring Strain

8

12

58

12

12

6

82

 ITB Tendinitis

7

0

64

18

9

9

82

 Lat Epicondylitis

10

15

44

31

4

6

90

 Med Epicondylitis

8

13

27

20

7

33

60

 Rotator Cuff Tendinitis

9

14

40

38

3

5

92

 Adhesive Capsulitis

15

0

18

55

18

9

73

 Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

8

5

60

21

9

5

86

 Wrist Tendinitis

7

13

46

33

4

4

92

 Scar Pain

9

0

46

8

38

8

54

 * = Median # of treatments
Success Rate: Percentage of Resolution equates to attaining the patient/clinician goals of
           1) increase in function
           2) decrease in pain.

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