The Graston Technique is a remarkable procedure that allows us as professionals to detect and treat areas of “scar tissue” or adhesions in muscles, tendons or ligaments that can reduce our range of motion and cause pain.
In the healing process, our body attempts to repair those areas by creating “scar tissue” much like the scar that forms on the skin when you have scraped or banged your knee.
How can the Graston Technique help improve my athletic performance?
- Does your body feel more lethargic and achy during your cardio sessions?
- Are you compensating during your lifts towards the beginning or the end of your workout?
- Do you feel that your body does not recover adequately between workouts?
- Do you feel restrictions in your body during your posing routines and transitions?
The above average athlete tends to expend more energy and utilize different energy systems than your regular gym goer. When our bodies are in “over drive” we end up doing more harm than good, even though we are getting closer to our competition day and firing on all cylinders. A common mistake amongst athletes today is taking less care of our structural tissues because of how crazy our daily schedules can end up being from morning cardio to work, school, training, prepping meals and posing. So where does the Preferred Provider Graston Technique Method get you where you need to be?
The benefit of the Graston Technique is not only in detection of restrictions or adhesions, but also in the amount of improvement that takes place in a short amount of time.
Remember the song and words “…the knee bone is connected to the thigh bone…”? Well, so they are and so are all of the body parts connected in what is referred to as the kinetic chain. The instruments allow the Physical Therapist to follow that kinetic chain, effectively uncovering the cause of the problem, then treating the cause or the area of pain/restriction.
The unaided hand is hard pressed to detect and break up as much scar tissue, or follow the kinetic chain, as effectively or efficiently as stainless steel instruments can.
Graston Therapy decreases overall time of treatment, fosters faster rehabilitation/recovery, reduces need for anti-inflammatory medication and resolves chronic conditions thought to be permanent.