Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
PHYSICAL THERAPY & REHABILITATION, LOCATED IN WASHINGTON, DC
Injuries to your muscles, tendons, or ligaments can affect your quality of life, especially if they cause chronic pain. At their offices in Downtown Washington, DC, the Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation team uses the Graston Technique® to treat these types of injuries, reducing pain and speeding up the healing process. To find out more about the Graston Technique, call the office, or schedule an in-office or telehealth consultation online today.
Graston Technique Q&A
What is the Graston Technique?
The Graston Technique is a form of therapy that treats acute and chronic soft tissue injuries. The therapy is known as soft tissue instrument-assisted mobilization.
During treatment, your provider uses a special instrument to break down the scar tissue that develops from soft tissue injuries. This process reduces inflammation and pain and restores mobility to the injured area.
The Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation team uses the Graston Technique along with other therapies to ease pain, promote healing, and help their patients get back to their active lifestyle.
How does the Graston Technique work?
When using the Graston Technique, your provider at Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation places a stainless steel instrument on your skin, which combs over and catches on the scarred tissue. This combing and catching helps your provider identify the exact location of the injury causing restrictions in mobility.
Your provider then uses the instrument to break up the scar tissue, which your body then reabsorbs.
The Graston Technique allows the team at Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation to treat soft tissue injuries with the depth, pressure, and specificity needed to treat the condition at the site of the pain.
More specifically, the Graston Technique breaks down the scar tissue that results from an injury or trauma, reduces restrictions by stretching and rearranging the soft tissue, and promotes a better environment for healing.
The team then incorporates stretching, strengthening, and icing to support the healing process, helping to rebuild healthy functioning tissue.
What does the Graston Technique treat?
The Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation team uses the Graston Technique to treat a wide range of conditions. The instrument-assisted soft tissue technique achieves faster and better outcomes when used to treat:
- Achilles tendonitis or Achilles tendonosis
- Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS)
- Neck pain from sprains or strains
- Tennis elbow
- Back pain from lumbar sprains or strains
- Golfer’s elbow
- Patellofemoral disorders (knee pain)
- Plantar fasciitis
- Shin splints
- Trigger finger
The team also uses the Graston Technique to treat pre- and postsurgical patients.
For acute and chronic conditions, The Graston Technique decreases treatment time, supports rehabilitation, and reduces the need for anti-inflammatory medication.
To learn more about the Graston Technique and how it may benefit you, call Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation, or schedule an appointment online today.
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