Graston Technique®

 

#230, 15 Royal Vista Place NW 

Calgary, AB T3R 0P3

 

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Phone: 403-538-0539

 

 

Graston Technique

 

What is Graston Technique®?

 

Graston Technique® (GT) is an innovative, patented form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization that enables clinicians to effectively break down scar tissue and fascial restrictions (see below for a description of fascia). The technique utilizes specially designed stainless steel instruments to specifically detect and effectively treat areas exhibiting soft tisGraston Technique Toolssue fibrosis or chronic inflammation.  The practitoner will locate fibrotic tissue via feedback from GT tools and use the same tool to treat the dysfunctional tissue.

 

Graston Technique® Instruments, while enhancing the clinician's ability to detect fascial adhesions and restrictions, have been clinically proven to achieve quicker and better outcomes in treating both acute and chronic conditions, including:

 

Cervical sprain/strain (neck pain)

 

Lumbar sprain/strain (back pain)

 

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (wrist pain)

 

Plantar Fasciitis (foot pain)

 

Lateral Epicondylitis (tennis elbow)

 

Medial Epicondylitis (golfer's elbow)

 

Rotator Cuff Tendinosis (shoulder pain)

 

Patellofemoral Disorders (knee pain)

 

Achilles Tendinosis (ankle pain)

 

Scar Tissue

 

Shin Splints

 

Trigger Finger

 

 

Graston Technique Upper TrapeziusGraston Technique® may help to:

  • Decrease overall time of treatment
  • Decrease overall time of treatment
  • Foster faster rehabilitation/recovery
  • Reduce need for anti-inflammatory medication
  • Resolve chronic conditions thought to be permanent

 

What is Fascia?

 

Fascia is a layer of fibrous, connective tissue that surrounds individual and groups of muscles, blood vessels, nerves, and other structures.  It binds some structures together, while permitting others to slide smoothly over each other.  Various types of fascia have been classified according to their distinct layers, their functions and their anatomical location: 

  1. superficial fascia: found below the skin and above the muscles
  2. deep (or muscle) fascia: dense fibrous connective tissue that interpenetrates and surrounds the muscles, bones, nerves and blood vessels of the body
  3. visceral (or parietal) fascia: suspends the organs, wrapping them in layers of membranes

Fascia is dense regular connective tissue containing tight bundles of collagen fibers oriented in wavy patterns parallel to the direction of pull, making it a flexible structure.  It is able to resist great unidirectional tension forces until the pattern has been straightened out by the pulling forces. These collagen fibers are produced by cells called fibroblasts located within the fascia, capable of producing contraction of a previously believed 'non-contractile' tissue.

 

 

Function of Fascia

 

Fascia transmits mechanical tension generated by muscular activities or external forces throughout the body.  Some research suggest that fascia may contract independently, actively influencing muscle dynamics.  The function of muscle fasciae is to reduce friction to minimize the reduction of muscular force. In doing so, fasciae:

  1. Provide a sliding and gliding environment for muscles
  2. Suspend organs in their proper place
  3. Transmit movement from muscles to bones
  4. Provide a supportive and movable wrapping for nerves and blood vessels as they pass through and between muscles