What is Graston Technique?
Graston is a form of soft tissue mobilization using stainless steel tools. The tools are extension of the practitioners hands and allow identification of areas of restriction or adhesion and work to reduce and hopefully eliminate those restrictions in the soft tissue to facilitate healing.
I have been using Graston for a little over a year now on my patients and it has really helped me become a better practitioner by opening up a whole other skill set that I previously neglected. Not that I magically cure everyone by simply touching them with my magic
wand(s), but I have gotten favorable results using Graston, especially on ITBand friction syndrome. Hey wait, isn't that what she has been whining about for months now that has prohibited her from running?!?! Why yes, yes it is. I said it helped a lot of people, I am just not one of them :(
So why the boring lecture about Graston and what it does and didn't do for me? Well, as a runner you are most likely to get injured at some point. Comforting thought. So I just wanted to let you know that there are treatment options out there besides rolling around on one of these.
I recently got an email from the Graston people who eagerly, in the mist of the Olympic hoopla, wanted to share that Michael Phelps had talked about having Graston done to him and tauted it's benefits. So if Phelps uses it, you can to. Don't be afraid of the tools. They sometimes get a bad rap because they allow for deep penetration (insert joke here) into the soft tissue (and another one here) and can sometimes lead to this...
Currently, I am working with a nice young lady who is plagued by ITB problems and I am happy to say after about 6 treatments she is doing much better and is starting to run again. Me on the other hand, it's getting better, slowly. But, my ITB problems aren't because of any restriction, they are because of my horrible heal strike. You can read about that here. But hopefully with a little revamping of my running style I will be able to get back to running painfree sooner rather than later!