What is Graston Therapy and Why is it so Popular Among Athletes?

What is Graston Therapy & Why Do So Many Athletes Use It

Physical therapy is an indispensable part of your treatment when recovering from orthopedic surgery, healing an injury, or trying to reduce pain and increase mobility caused by a chronic joint condition like arthritis. At OrthoMiami, we develop personally tailored physical therapy programs best suited to the needs of each patient. These programs can involve the use of several different types of therapy, exercises, and approaches depending on the nature of the injury or condition as well as the patient’s capabilities. One such approach used by amateur and professional athletes in a wide range of sports is called Graston Therapy. This proven and unique form of physical therapy offers many benefits for those dealing with chronic, acute, or post-surgical soft tissue conditions.

What Is Graston Therapy?

Graston Therapy involves the use of specially designed stainless steel instruments with unique treatment edges and angles that lead to the quicker restoration of pain-free movement when combined with therapeutic exercises.

The concept behind Graston Therapy is cross-fiber massage. Also known as transverse friction massage or cross-fiber massage, it is a technique that promotes optimal collagen healing by increasing circulation and decreasing collagen cross-linking, thus reducing the formation of adhesions and scar tissue. The unique technique and instruments used in Graston Therapy enable the treatment of scar tissue and fascial restrictions during rehabilitation, allowing for faster recovery and greater success restoring normal range of motion and functioning and eliminating pain.

What Conditions Can Be Addressed With Graston Therapy?

Used for over 25 years, Graston Therapy has become standard protocol in many universities and hospital-based outpatient facilities and is also used by professional athletes and trainers in the NFL, NBA, NHL, and Major League Baseball.

Some of the most common conditions and procedures we can treat with Graston Therapy include:

  • Ankle Pain (Achilles Tendonitis)
  • Wrist Pain (Carpal Tunnel Syndrome)
  • Neck Pain (Cervical Sprain/Strain)
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Hamstring Injuries
  • Hip Pain
  • IT Band (Iliotibial Band)
  • Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylosis/itis)
  • Back Pain (Lumbar Sprain/Strain)
  • Golfer\’s Elbow (Medial Epicondylosis/itis)
  • Knee Pain (Patellofemoral Disorders)
  • Heel Pain (Plantar Fasciitis)
  • Shoulder Pain (Rotator Cuff Tendinosis/itis)
  • Scar Tissue
  • Trigger Finger
  • Women’s Health (Post-Mastectomy and Caesarean Scarring)

OrthoMiami Provides Exceptional Physical Therapy Programs. Schedule a Consultation Today.

At OrthoMiami, Our leading Orthopedic Surgeon in Miami, Cesar E. Ceballos, MD, helps customize a physical therapy rehabilitation plan of treatment based on your condition. Because you can see both your orthopedic surgeon and your physical therapist under one roof at OrthoMiami, you get a signature treatment that’s above and beyond traditional rehab plans. You can go through Miami physical therapy treatment at OrthoMiami even if you’ve been treated elsewhere. Call us at (305) 596-2828 or book a consultation online to get started.

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