What is the Graston Technique®?
ANSWER: The Graston Technique® incorporates a patented form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization, like a deep tissue massage or a sports massage, but carefully performed to very specific areas that have been damaged. It breaks down the “bad” tissue and promotes “good” tissue. Graston enables clinicians to effectively detect and treat scar tissue and restrictions that affect normal function. Most people will feel the effects of scar tissue as tightness, tension, restricted motion, “knots,” or aches and pains in muscles or other soft tissues. With the instruments, the scar tissue can be broken down and the area can heal up in a normal fashion. Dr. Lassiter is one of the very few providers in the Richmond area who provides this effective technique.
Why is scar tissue a problem?
ANSWER: Scar tissue limits range of motion and in many instances causes pain, which prevents the patient from functioning as he or she could prior to the area being injured. If left undetected, scar tissue often creates an avalanche of chaos in other areas, as we compensate for the damaged area.
How are the instruments used?
ANSWER: The Graston Technique® instruments are used to enhance the ability to detect adhesive scar tissue restrictions. At his Richmond office, Dr. Lassiter uses the stainless steel instruments to glide over the skin and “catch” the scar tissue below, which immediately identifies the areas of restriction. Once the tissue has been identified, the instruments are used to break up the scar tissue and the area can begin healing with normal, healthy tissue.
Is the treatment painful?
ANSWER: It is common to experience minor discomfort during the procedure and some bruising afterwards. This is a normal response and part of the healing process. I can tell you that if you stick with your treatment schedule, often the results are dramatic and people are surprised by the results.
What is the frequency of treatment?
ANSWER: Patients usually receive 2 to 3 treatments per week over a 4-5 week period. Most patients have a positive response between the 4th to 6th treatment. Many patients choose to come in periodically after their condition has been resolved because preventative care makes sure the condition or injury doesn’t come back.
Is Graston Technique® something new?
ANSWER: The concept of Graston Technique® is grounded in the works of Dr. James Cyriax, an English orthopedic surgeon. The use of the specially designed Graston instruments and protocol is new, however there are many copy-cat techniques coming up now. Many patient who come to our office have never heard of Graston before, but are pleasantly surprised.
What kind of results does Graston Technique® produce?
ANSWER: 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, and pre- and postsurgical patients.