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Graston Technique Pottsville PA

What Is The Graston Technique

The Graston Technique incorporates an evidence-based form of instrument-assisted soft tissue (muscle, tendon, ligament and connective tissue) mobilization that enables clinicians to effectively detect and treat scar tissue, adhesions, and restrictions that affect normal function.  It helps restore motion and relieve pain. It is a form of cross friction massage.

Why Is Scar Tissue And Adhesions A Problem

Scar tissue limits range of motion, and in many instances causes pain, which prevents you from functioning as you did before the injury.

Foot Pain Relief By Graston Technique

What Does A Graston Technique Treatment Feel Like

First, the clinician “combs” the suspected area with the instrument looking for a “catch” or bump. This “catch” is an indication of scar tissue. Next, the clinician will rub the instrument over the area to break down the scar. It is common to experience minor discomfort during the procedure and some skin redness or bruising afterwards. This is a normal response and part of the healing process.

Will The Treatments Affect My Everyday Activities

You should have no problem continuing to perform your regular functions at home or work.

Is Graston Technique Something New

The concept of cross fiber massage is not new. Graston Technique is grounded in the works of Dr. James Cyriax, an English orthopedic surgeon. The use of our specially designed instruments and protocol is new. The technique has become standard protocol in universities and hospital-based outpatient facilities as well as industrial on-site treatment settings such as Indiana University and the University of Michigan. The technique is also being used at industrial settings and by NBA, NHL, NFL and Major League Baseball trainers.

What Kind Of Results Does Graston Technique Produce

Typically, there are positive outcomes in 75–90 percent of all conditions treated. It is equally effective in restoring function to acute and chronic injuries, and pre- and postsurgical patients.

What Kind Of Problems Are Treated With Graston Technique

Any joint or muscle problem that has scar tissue and adhesions as a component.  We often treat foot, ankle, knee, hip and legs pains.  We have used the technique on headaches, neck, back, shoulder, elbow, arm, wrist and finger problems also.  If scar tissue is a component of your painful condition you are a candidate for Graston Technique.

Is The Graston Technique Covered By Insurance

Yes, since it is a type of cross friction massage and manual therapy it is covered like other forms of physical therapy or chiropractic treatment.