Graston Soft Tissue
The Graston Technique® is a form of non-surgical instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM). This means that we use an instrument to work on the muscle and, more importantly, the fascia which surrounds each muscle.
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What is the Graston® Technique?
Graston® technique is a type of muscular therapy utilized in our office. Each muscle in the body is surrounded by fascia (the shimmery white layer you've likely seen in a piece of meat) which allows muscles to move and glide smoothly over top of each other. When a muscle is injured, it is not uncommon for adhesions to develop between the fascial layers. Imagine them as a kind of spider-web like connection between the muscles. The adhesions can limit mobility and cause pain.
Using a stainless steel tool, Dr. Ballard is able to detect and break up adhesions, allow restoration of full motion, full function, and reduced pain. This technique is particularly helpful in situations where the pain can be isolated to a specific movement.
Historically, the Graston Technique® has had positive outcomes in 75-90 percent of all conditions treated. It is equally effective in restoring function to acute and chronic injuries, pre-and post-surgical patients and maintaining optimal range of motion.
Some conditions that respond well to Graston® Treatment:
Ankles (Achilles Tendinosis/itis)
Wrists (Carpal Tunnel Syndrome)
Necks (Cervical Sprain/Strain)
Knees (Patellofemoral Disorders)
Heels (Plantar Fasciitis)
Shoulders (Rotator Cuff Tendinosis/itis)
Throughout the Body
Women's Health (Post-Mastectomy and Caesarean Scarring)
Back Pain (Lumbar Sprain/Strain)
IT Band (Iliotibial Band)
Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylosis/itis)
Golfer's Elbow (Medial Epicondylosis/itis)