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Graston Technique® Introductory Power Point


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Graston Technique® Introductory Power Point

  1. 2. An Introduction <ul><li>Graston Technique ® incorporates the use of patented stainless-steel instruments to aid the clinician in the detection and treatment of soft-tissue dysfunction. </li></ul>
  2. 3. GT Instruments
  3. 4. How do the instruments work? <ul><li>The GT instruments detect and amplify soft tissue restrictions similar to how a stethoscope amplifies the sound of the heartbeat. </li></ul>
  4. 5. How are the instruments used? <ul><li>Skilled clinicians use the stainless steel instruments to comb over and &quot;catch&quot; on fibrotic tissue, which immediately identifies the areas of restriction. Once the tissue has been identified, the instruments are used to break up the scar tissue so it can be absorbed by the body. </li></ul>
  5. 6. Treatment <ul><li>It is common to experience minor discomfort during the procedure and some bruising afterwards. This is a normal response and part of the healing process. </li></ul><ul><li>Patients usually receive two treatments per week over 4 to 5 weeks. Most patients have a positive response by the 3rd to 4th treatment. </li></ul>
  6. 7. The Benefits of GT <ul><li>Separates and breaks down collagen cross-links and splays </li></ul><ul><li>Stretches connective tissue and muscle fibers </li></ul><ul><li>Increases skin temperature </li></ul><ul><li>Facilitates reflex changes in the chronic muscle holding pattern </li></ul>
  7. 8. The Benefits of GT <ul><li>Alters spinal reflux activity (facilitated segment) </li></ul><ul><li>Increases the rate and amount of blood flow to and from the area </li></ul><ul><li>Increases cellular activity in the region, including fibroblasts and mast cells </li></ul>
  8. 9. The Benefits of GT <ul><li>Increases histamine response secondary to mast cell activity </li></ul><ul><li>Decreases overall time of treatment </li></ul><ul><li>Fosters faster rehabilitation/recovery </li></ul><ul><li>Re duces need for anti-inflammatory medication </li></ul>
  9. 10. The Benefits of GT <ul><ul><li>Resolves chronic conditions thought to be permanent </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Allows patients to continue to engage in everyday activities </li></ul></ul>
  10. 11. Results <ul><li>Historically, the Graston Technique® has resolved 87% or more of all conditions treated. It is equally effective on restoring function to acute and chronic injuries, and pre- and post-surgical patients. </li></ul>
  11. 12. Clinical Indications <ul><li>Tendinopathies </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Lateral Epicondylosis </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Medial Epicondylosis </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Supraspinatus Tendinosis </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Achilles Tendinosis </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Patellar Tendinosis </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Fascial Syndromes </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Plantar Fasciitis </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ITB Syndrome </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Compartment Syndromes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>DeQuervains Syndrome </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Trigger Finger </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Myofascial Pain Syndromes </li></ul>
  12. 13. Clinical Indications <ul><li>Entrapment Syndromes </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ulnar Entrapment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Carpal Tunnel </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Thoracic Outlet </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Ligament Pain Syndromes </li></ul><ul><ul><li>MCL and LCL Sprains </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Coronary Ligament Sprains </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>AC Ligament Sprains </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ankle Sprains </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Scar Tissue/Adhesions </li></ul><ul><li>Edema Reduction </li></ul>
  13. 14. Relative Contraindications <ul><li>Cancer </li></ul><ul><li>Burn scars </li></ul><ul><li>Kidney dysfunction </li></ul><ul><li>Pregnancy </li></ul><ul><li>Anticoagulant medications </li></ul><ul><li>Rheumatoid arthritis </li></ul><ul><li>Varicose veins </li></ul><ul><li>Lymphedema </li></ul><ul><li>RSD (Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy) </li></ul><ul><li>CRPS (Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome) </li></ul><ul><li>Polyneuropathies </li></ul><ul><li>Unhealed closed non-complicated fractures (soft tissue component) </li></ul>
  14. 15. Absolute Contraindications <ul><li>Open wounds/unhealed suture sites/sutures </li></ul><ul><li>Thrombophlebitis </li></ul><ul><li>Uncontrolled hypertension </li></ul><ul><li>Inflammatory conditions due to infection </li></ul><ul><li>Contagious or infectious skin conditions </li></ul><ul><li>Hematoma/Myositis Ossificans </li></ul><ul><li>Osteomyelitis </li></ul><ul><li>Unstable fractures </li></ul>
  15. 16. Questions? <ul><li>For more information about Graston Technique®, visit </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>