Wissahickon Physical Therapy offers the Graston Technique, which is an advanced manual therapy method that improves injury treatment and rehabilitation.
Using a stainless steel instrument, the Graston technique allows us to detect and treat areas of scar tissue, or adhesions that form in muscles, ligaments and tendons which can reduce range of motion and cause pain. Scar tissue which forms from overuse or injury can lead to pain and dysfunction because it lacks the strength and flexibility of healthy tissue. The Graston instrument vs. the unaided hand, can be used to detect and break up the scar or “granular” tissue more effectively, as well as speed up normal healing time.
Patients usually receive two treatments per week, for four to five weeks, but most patients have a positive response within two to three visits. These treatments are done in conjunction with formal PT exercises to maximize your outcomes.
Graston technique has been effective in the treatment of:
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Cervical/low back pain
- Epicondylitis ( Tennis and golfers elbow )
- IT band syndrome ( Runners knee)
- Joint Sprain
- Muscle strain
- Painful scars
- Plantar fascitis
- Tendonitis and Tendinosis
- Post fracture pain
In short, The Graston Technique:
- Decreases overall treatment and recovery time
- Reduces the need for anti-inflammatory medication
- Resolves chronic conditions thought to be permanent