Graston Technique

Graston Technique or Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization  (IASTM) uses stainless steel instruments to break down scar tissue and adhesions in tendons, ligaments or muscle. Then stretching and strengthening exercises are used to realign the tissues. This is very effective with chronic problems that just won’t go away.  I add micro-current treatment to the technique to make it even more effective.

Graston techhnique being for plantar fascitis

 Adhesions and scar tissue can occur a couple of different ways.  One of the most common ways is from chronic over use or over exertion. Over use can from repetitive tasks such as typing.  Repetitive over use can occur, when there is a mechanical problem.  For example when a person with pronation or flat feet walks, every step they take causes an abnormal strain on the tendons in their foot, ankle and leg. This leads to chronic inflammation deep inside the effected tissue, which leads to the development of scar tissue, which leads to more inflammation and more scar tissue.  It becomes a vicious cycle.  When someone hits a tennis ball over and over again it causes inflammation and swelling in the muscles, tendons and ligaments of the arm,and the person gets tennis elbow.  Another way scar tissue can occur is after an injury.  Whenever we tear a muscle, tendon or ligament the body has to repair the injured part.  The body does this with scar tissue. A little scar tissue is OK. But often our body produces too much the body tightens up and you get the vicious cycle I mentioned above.

Graston Technique/ IASTM breaks down the scar tissue and realigns contracted tissue.

Graston technique can also used for back pain

Graston Technique and IASTM is very successful in treating many conditions including:

    Medial Epicondylitis

    Lateral Epicondylitis

    Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

    Neck and Back Pain

    Plantar Fasciitis

    Rotator Cuff Tendinitis

    Patellar Tendinitis

    Tibialis Posterior Tendinitis

    Heel Pain

    DeQuervain’s Syndrome

    Post-Surgical and Traumatic Scars

    Myofascial Pain and Restrictions

    Chronic and Acute Sprains/Strains

    Non-acute Bursitis

    RSD (Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy)

    IT Band Syndrome

    Wrist Tendinitis

    Reduced ROM Due to Scar Tissue

    Achilles Tendinitis

Contact me at my office in Novato, CA to make an appointment.

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