About the Graston Technique®
Changing the way soft tissue injuries are treated
The Graston Technique is a modern instrument assisted technique designed to treat acute and chronic soft tissue conditions and injuries.
The Graston Technique is a soft tissue mobilization technique which takes advantage of specially designed stainless steel instruments that aid the clinician in breaking up scar tissue and myofascial adhesions.
The Graston Technique offers many advantages and benefits.
· Decrease overall treatment time
· Faster rehabilitation/recovery
· Reduces the need for anti-Inflammatory medication
· Resolves chronic conditions thought to be permanent
Six stainless steel instruments are the foundation to Graston Technique
The various curves and edges of the stainless steel instruments allow the clinician to be very specific in the areas that are to be treated. Each of the 6 patented instruments have been designed to conform to various contours of the body
Due to the firm construction of the instruments, it is possible for the clinician to actually feel and isolate adhesions and soft tissue restrictions in the injured area much better than palpation alone.
One advantage of using The Graston Technique is that the clinician can apply a direct and specific pressure to the area of adhesions through the instrument's beveled edges. This allows the clinician to use minimal pressure and provides maximal comfort to the patient while administering the technique.
The Graston Technique incorporates a patented form of instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization that enables clinicians to effectively detect and treat scar tissue and restrictions that affect normal function. The Graston Technique separates and break down collagen cross links, and splays and stretches connective tissue and muscle fibers. The patient usually receive 2 treamtments per week over a 4-5 weeks. Most patients have a positive response by the 3rd and 4th treatment. The Graston Technique has beome a standard protocol in Universities and hospital based outpatient facilities as well as industrial on site treatment setting such as Indiana University and the University of Michigan. The Technique is also being used at industrial setting and by the NBA, NFL and Major League Baseball trainers. The Graston Technique has had positive outcome in 75-90% of all conditions treated. It is equally effective in restoring function to acute and chronic injuries, and pre and postsurgical patients.
Only clinicians who have been trained in Graston Technique are qualified to obtain the Graston Technique instrument and apply the technique to treat patients. Dr. Binh Nguyen is recognized as Certified Graston Provider in Advanced Graston Technique trained.