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Graston Technique

Competitive Edge is proud to be the only provider in the Oldsmar/Westchase/Tampa Bay area that offers treatment using the Graston Technique. Only clinicians trained specifically in the application of Graston instruments are qualified to provide treatments. This technique promotes faster recovery from injury, decreases overall treatment time and reduces pain associated with acute and chronic conditions.

What Is Graston?

After an injury, the body creates scar tissue to help repair damaged muscles, tendons and ligaments. This scar tissue is often weaker and less flexible than normal soft tissue and can cause pain and decreased mobility. Graston Technique utilizes specialized stainless steel tools to help detect scar tissue and adhesions within soft tissue and promote the realignment of healing fibers to improve mobility.

Graston Technique has 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)
  • Shin Splints/Running Injuries

How Does It Work?

Graston instruments resonate in the clinician's hands allowing the clinician to isolate adhesions and restrictions, and treat them very precisely. Just as a stethoscope amplifies what the human ear can hear, the Graston instruments significantly increase what the human hands can feel. Combined with stretching and strengthening activities, Graston Technique can drastically reduce recovery time.

What to Expect With Graston Treatments

Depending on the area being treated, sessions typically last for 30 minutes. These treatments involve a brief warm up to increase blood flow to the affected area, use of Graston instruments to break up localized scar tissue/adhesion areas, stretching/strengthening and ice. It is common to experience minor discomfort during the Graston procedure and mild bruising/redness following the treatment session. This is a normal part of the healing process as scar tissue is broken up and reabsorbed into the body.

Typical treatment frequency is 2 times per week for 4-5 weeks, depending on the nature of the injury. Patients typically begin to notice an improvement in symptoms after 3-4 sessions.

To learn more, go to http://www.grastontechnique.com/ForThePatient.html.
 

 


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