Graston Technique

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Physical Therapy Graston technique is one of the leading instrument-assisted soft tissue therapies for the treatment of muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia, and nerves.

Physical Therapy Graston Technique Kansas City

Manual Therapy

Physical Therapy’s Graston Technique is a form of manual therapy known as instrument-assisted soft-tissue mobilization (IASTM). It is one of a number of manual therapy approaches that uses instruments with a specialized form of massage/scraping the skin gently.

At F.I.T. Muscle & Joint Clinic, Graston and FAKTR (Functional and Kinetic Treatment with Rehab) are two well-known and respected IASTM techniques that focus on restoring optimal tissue quality and proper function of the musculoskeletal system. The techniques utilize specially designed stainless steel instruments to specifically detect and effectively treat areas exhibiting soft tissue fibrosis (scarring), myofascial adhesions, and/or acute and chronic inflammation. In a sports medicine setting, Graston Technique in Kansas City allows us to place our athletes in their sport-specific positions in order to precisely isolate and release soft tissue restrictions that are interfering with their optimal movement patterns.

What It Treats

Graston or FAKTR can help reduce and/or eliminate musculoskeletal dysfunction and pain associated with, but not limited to:

  • Headaches
  • Neck and back pain
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Shoulder pain
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Sciatica
  • Knee pain
  • Tennis elbow
  • Shin splints
  • Little leaguers elbow
  • Nerve entrapments
  • Post-surgical tissue adhesions and/or scarring

How Graston Works

Our physical therapists’ Graston Technique in Kansas City may have an impact on physiological changes by providing an increase in blood flow, reduction in tissue viscosity, release of myofascial adhesions, neurosensory stimulation to the tissue, interruption of pain receptors, and improvement of flexibility of underlying tissue.

It is suggested that IASTM is an effective treatment intervention for reducing pain and improving function in less than a three-month period.

How F.I.T. Uses the Graston Technique

F.I.T. Muscle & Joint Clinic utilizes the Graston Technique to restore the proper motion, texture, and tightness to the muscles, fascia, ligaments, nerves, and tendons to eliminate the patient’s pain and musculoskeletal dysfunction, in conjunction with therapeutic exercises to elicit long-term changes in the tissue and the nervous system.

Graston is used to foster faster rehabilitation and recovery while reducing the need for anti-inflammatory medications.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does Graston technique work for plantar fasciitis?

Yes, Graston Technique is a very useful technique in treating plantar fasciitis. It helps to increase blood flow while improving tissue texture, therefore promoting healing.

Is the Graston Technique right for you?

Take a couple of minutes to tell us about your symptoms and pain areas. Prefer to chat over the phone? Call us for a free phone consultation.

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Contact Us 1800 Wyandotte #201 Kansas City, MO 64108 22120 Midland Dr. Shawnee, KS 66223 15040 Newton Lane Overland Park, KS 66223 401 NW Murray Rd Lee's Summit, MO 64081 9120 Metcalf Ave Overland Park, KS 66212 2113 E. Kansas City Rd Olathe, KS 66061 5000 E. Bannister Rd. Suite 100 Kansas City, MO 64137 1860 N. Church Rd. Suite B. Liberty, MO 64068 505 S Hospital Dr. Paola, KS 66071 11340 Nall Ave Suite 200B Overland Park, KS 66211 121 N. Dean Ave Raymore, MO 64083