What is Graston Technique®?
Graston Technique® is an innovative and proven approach to the diagnosis and treatment of connective tissue dysfunction and injuries. The technique utilizes stainless-steel instruments specially designed to detect and treat areas exhibiting soft-tissue fibrosis or chronic inflammation. This remarkable procedure allows your clinician to detect and treat areas of scar tissue and fascial restrictions in muscles, tendons and ligaments that can lead to pain and dysfunction. This decreases overall treatment time, enhances faster rehabilitation/recovery and resolves conditions once thought to be permanent.
Why is Scar Tissue a Problem?
When connective tissue, such as muscle, ligaments or tendons become restricted or scarred, it can result in pain, tenderness, loss of flexibility and motion. It is not unusual to find a restriction in one part of the body that produces pain and dysfunction in another area, commonly known as the kinetic chain.
In the healing process the human body attempts to repair muscles, tendons and ligaments with scar tissue, which is not as strong and flexible as normal, healthy, undamaged tissue. Build up of fibrous scar tissue over time, particularly in muscles, tendons and ligaments subjected to microtrauma / overuse can lead to pain and dysfunction because this replacement tissue lacks the strength and flexibility of healthy tissue.
Treatment by Graston Technique®
Graston Technique® treatment protocols may also include the use of heat, ice and rehabilitation to restore patients to their pre-injury level of activity. Muscle re-education, in addition to stretching and strengthening exercises are employed to provide the patient with optimal results within a minimal number of treatments. Following and staying with the plan of treatment is critical to achieving the clinical goals set by the clinician and the patient. Without full commitment to treatment, a positive outcome may not occur.
Most patients report improved function and pain reduction within the first two treatments. Although it is not unusual to experience some discomfort during initial treatment, it should dramatically lessen within a short period of time. Mild to moderate bruising may take place during the process of breaking down old scar tissue. During the course of treatment, daily consumption of 6-8 glasses of water, along with proper nutrition will also prove beneficial.
Who Can Benefit From Graston Treatments?
- Neck and Back Pain
- Shoulder Injuries
- Tennis / Golfer’s Elbow
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis
- IT Band Syndrome
- Knee Pain
- Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome (“Shin Splints”)
- Achilles Tendinopathy
- Plantar Fasciitis / Fasciosis
- Muscle Strains
- Ligament Sprains
- Tendon Injuries
- Nerve Entrapments
- Painful / Unsightly Scars
- Post-fracture Pain
Number of Graston Technique® Treatments Required
Factors such as age, history, chronicity of the condition, occupation and lifestyle will determine the number of times that an individual will be treated. The average number of treatments is 6 to 8. Generally treatment is performed no more than twice a week unless the clinical circumstances dictate otherwise.
Graston Technique ® is a proven advanced technology for the treatment of connective soft tissue injuries. The success of treatment will be directly proportionate to the individual’s commitment to the personalized treatment plan established by the clinician. When Graston Technique® is coupled with the necessary strengthening and stretching exercises, it provides a great aid to Chiropractic treatment and the patient gets better much quicker and more completely. Please note, Graston Technique® is not appropriate for every patient condition. Please speak to your clinician directly to determine whether you may be helped by this effective new treatment.
Our Yonge Eglinton Toronto Graston Technique Practitioner:
Dr. Katherine Au, Clinic Director | Toronto Chiropractor | Acupuncture Practitioner
BSc Kin (Hons), DC, DAc, FCCRS(cand.), CSCS, ART®, GT®
Dr. Katherine Au is a Toronto Chiropractor, receiving her Doctor of Chiropractic from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College after graduating from the University of Western Ontario with a Bachelor of Science Honours Degree in Kinesiology. She is also credentialed in Contemporary Medical Acupuncture from McMaster University and has completed her Fellowship in Chiropractic Rehabilitation Sciences in Toronto.
Dr. Au is a certified Toronto Active Release Techniques Soft Tissue Treatment (ART®) provider in Spine, Upper Limb, Lower Limb, and Long Tract Nerve Entrapments, a movement-based soft tissue technique that treats injuries as well as overuse conditions, restores function, strength, range of motion and optimizes performance. She is also a certified Level 2 provider of Graston Technique (GT®), an instrument-assisted soft-tissue mobilization enabling the effective breakdown of scar tissue, fascial restrictions and treatment of other acute and chronic injuries.
As a complement to her manual therapy skills, Dr. Au is an experienced Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association and a L1 National Coaching Certificate holder. She has extensive experience working with a wide array of individuals from infants to seniors, prenatal and postnatal mothers, recreational and professional athletes, office workers, physical labourers and individuals with special abilities. Dr. Au has a special interest in the rehabilitation of sport- and repetitive strain-related injuries, as well as exercise pre/re-habilitation for the aging population, including osteoporosis and fall prevention. She is also certified in infant and paediatric chiropractic care, with expertise in treating pregnancy related pain, moms with breech positioned babies, infant torticolis, and wellness care to ensure young babies, kids and adolescents meet and exceed their proper growth and neurological milestones.
Dr. Au has always been passionate about fitness, healthy eating and living well, which is what inspired her to pursue a career in the health and fitness industry. She enjoys being an active member of her community and is involved with the Ontario Chiropractic Association, the Ontario Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) Liaison, the Toronto Sport and Social Club and the Running Room. As both a coach and multi-sport athlete herself, Dr. Au understands the cyclical challenges and triumphs of training, proper nutrition, competition, injury prevention, treatment and rehabilitation.
Dr. Au utilizes a movement-based, functional approach when working with her patients and clients. She incorporates advanced neuromusculoskeletal assessments with traditional orthopaedic testing in order to diagnose and treat not only the area of complaint, but the root cause of the problem. As a Chiropractor who is also a personal trainer, Dr. Au has a unique knowledge of biomechanics, anatomy and exercise physiology, which allows her to seamlessly implement manual therapy, training and exercise rehabilitation treatment programs to improve functional ability, core stability, strength, power, and endurance. Patient education, preventative stretching / strengthening exercises, precise hands-on treatment, physical rehabilitation, nutrition and ergonomic advice are key elements of Dr. Au’s practice as she works with her patients to exceed their health, wellness and performance goals. Dr. Au is excited to be a part of the team at Lawrence Park Health and looks forward to meeting you and ensuring you are stronger, healthier and more fit than before your initial injury!
Active Release Techniques® Certified Provider | Graston Technique® Provider | Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist
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