What is it and how does it work?
The Graston Technique was developed to effectively detect and treat internal scar tissue. When soft tissue is damaged, it will heal in a haphazard pattern known as scarring. Because scar tissue is dense and fibrous, it limits the bodies natural range of motion, often creates pain and prevents the patient from functioning as they did before an injury. The Graston Technique utilizes stainless steel instruments, externally, to identify where scar tissue exists and then assist in breaking it up so that it can be absorbed by the body.
How is it done? What are the results?
The Graston instruments are smooth, specialized, stainless-steel, and come in all different shapes and sizes. Dr. Christie runs them over the injured area to detect where a “catch” (fibrous scar tissue) can be felt and then uses them to “comb through” the dense tissue to break it up. It is common for the patient to experience minor discomfort during the process and some bruising afterwards, but it is normal, and part of the healing process. Patients that have had the Graston Technique performed, have positive outcomes in 75-90% of all conditions treated. Whether the condition is new, old, acute, chronic or pre- or post surgical, the Technique has been clinically proven to achieve quicker and better outcomes.
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Would I be a good candidate for the Graston Technique?
Dr. Christie, a certified practitioner of the Graston Technique, can assess your particular issue and determine if the treatment would be a good fit for you. Some of the issues, of patients who benefit from Graston Technique treatments, are:
Cervical sprain/strain (neck pain)
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (wrist pain)
Lateral Epicondylitis (tennis elbow)
Rotator Cuff Tendinosis (shoulder pain)
Achilles Tendinosis (ankle pain)
Lumbar sprain/strain (back pain)
Plantar Fasciitis (foot pain)
Medial Epicondylitis (golfer’s elbow)
Patellofemoral Disorders (knee pain)
Dr. Christie favors this approach since it allows the body to direct in its own recovery. This technique is quickly becoming protocol at outpatient facilities at hospitals and universities; and is employed in injury recovery protocol for professional athletes by trainers of the NFL, NBA, NHL and Major League Baseball.
If you are looking for treatment with Graston Technique contact Dr. Christie.