The 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
The physical therapy 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., 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:
- Neck and back pain
- Plantar fasciitis
- Shoulder pain
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Knee pain
- Tennis elbow
- Shin splints
- Little leaguers elbow
- Nerve entrapments
- Post-surgical tissue adhesions and/or scarring
How Graston Works
The physical therapy 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 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.
Visit your local F.I.T.
Meet the team at any of our 5 locations: Lee’s Summit, Crossroads, Blue Valley, Overland Park & Shawnee.