The Graston Technique for Pain

Hamilton Physical Therapy Services treats many patients suffering from soft tissue injuries caused by acute trauma or repetitive motion. Scar tissue, or myofascial adhesions, can form when healing from a soft tissue injury. This can result in symptoms such as pain and loss of joint motion or overall flexibility. Many patients come to us after these symptoms begin limiting their daily lives.  Our physical therapists use the Graston Technique for injuries such as

  • Hamstring Strains,
  • Tendinitis (Achilles, Patella, or Rotator Cuff),
  • Lateral Epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow) or Medial Epicondylitis (Golfer’s Elbow),
  • Plantar Fasciitis, and
  • Scar tissue formation after a surgical procedure.

The Graston Technique is a form of Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) that we use in mobilizing the adhesions that cause restrictions and pain. If our therapist finds myofascial adhesions that restrict joint movement, they use the stainless-steel Graston tool to scan soft tissue, identifying the exact location of the adhesions.

To enhance comfort, our therapist uses a massage lotion or lubricant to minimize friction between the tool and the soft tissue being treated. After performing the Graston Technique for 5 to 10 minutes, our therapist works with the patient to assess the quality of movement pattern and any pain. Range of motion of the treated joint usually improves after 4 to 6 sessions using the Graston Technique as adhesions are broken down and pain lessens. As a result, our patients have a much easier time strengthening the muscles around the injured joint and restoring normal function.

Jaime Caceres PT