What is Graston technique/ Muscle scraping?
The Graston Technique is a form of manual therapy used by physical therapists, chiropractors, and other healthcare professionals to address soft tissue injuries and chronic pain. It involves the use of specialized stainless steel instruments to perform deep tissue massage and mobilize soft tissue restrictions.
During a Graston Technique session, the practitioner applies the instruments to the skin over the affected area, using specific strokes and techniques to detect and break down scar tissue, fascial restrictions, and adhesions. This process can help improve range of motion, decrease pain, and promote healing by stimulating the body's natural inflammatory response and remodeling of affected tissues.
The Graston Technique is commonly used to treat conditions such as tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, and various muscle strains and sprains. It is often integrated into comprehensive treatment plans alongside other therapies such as stretching, strengthening exercises, and modalities like ultrasound or electrical stimulation.