Kick Physiotherapy & Sports Medicine Inc. is proud to be offering Graston Technique in the communities of Maple, Woodbridge, Vaughan, Richmond Hill, Oak Ridges, King City, Thornhill, Kleinberg and Toronto. The Graston Technique® is a new, advanced instrument-assisted treatment tool designed to treat acute and chronic musculoskeletal injuries and/or conditions. It is a soft tissue mobilization technique using innovative, patented and specially designed stainless steel instruments which aid the clinician in breaking up scar tissue and myofascial adhesions.
Six stainless steel instruments are the foundation to Graston Technique®. They have curvilinear edges which are designed to conform to various contours of various joints in your body. The architectured curves and edges of these instruments allow your therapist to be very specific in the areas that are being treated. It also allows for enhanced tissue penetration and increased efficiency with treatment. Since these stainless steel instruments do not compress (as do the pads of the fingers), deeper adhesions can be accessed and treated.
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. Much like a tuning fork, the Graston Technique instruments resonate in the clinician's hands while the tools are passed along an area of increased scar tissue composition. This enables the clinician to quickly and effectively isolate adhesions and restrictions, significantly better than palpation alone. Just as a stethoscope can amplify what the human ear can hear, the Graston Technique® instruments can significantly amplify what the human hands can feel. The instruments' beveled edges also allow the clinician to use minimal pressure and provide maximal comfort to the patient while using the tools.
The Graston Technique®, originally developed by athletes, is changing the way sport therapists approach treatment of acute and chronic soft tissue injuries. At Kick Physiotherapy & Sports Medicine Inc., we promote evidence-based practice. Graston Technique has been researched using trained clinicians at Ball Memorial Hospital and Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. These research findings demonstrate that the micro trauma induced by the Graston Technique protocol, signaled an increased proliferation of fibroblasts to the treated area. As well, we know that inflammation also initiates a healing cascade. In effect, the healing fibres of the injured tissue undergo realignment and the damaged tissue is replaced by new tissue. Other clinical studies continue to document the success of the Graston Technique protocol, generally achieving better therapeutic outcomes when compared to traditional therapies, and resolving injuries that have failed to respond to other therapies.