Graston Technique®

Dr. Keith Tse, DC CAFCI

Graston Technique for Soft Tissue Injuries

We are pleased to be one of the few providers of the Graston Technique ® to the York Region community! This remarkable procedure allows us to detect and treat areas of “scar tissue” or adhesions in muscles, tendons and ligaments that can lead to pain and dysfunction. It has become a popular soft tissue treatment for pro athletes and sports teams in the NBA, NFL, NHL and MLB all utilize it to help players get better faster.

In the healing process our body attempts to repair muscles, tendons and ligaments with “scar tissue”, much like the scar that forms on the skin when you have scraped or banged your knee. As you can imagine, that scar tissue is not as strong and flexible as normal, healthy, undamaged tissue. Over time we can have a build up of this fibrous scar tissue, particularly in the muscles, tendons and ligaments that get a lot of use. This can lead to pain and dysfunction because this replacement tissue lacks the strength and flexibility of healthy tissue (in some areas it may even mat down and entrap a nerve).

The Graston Technique ® allows us to better detect and treat these areas because it uses a stainless steel instrument that glides along a patient’s muscle, tendons or ligaments and acts like a “scar tissue” stethoscope. When knots or bands of scar tissue are encountered, both the doctor and the patient sense a restriction or a granular feeling. The instrument can then be used to “break up” this restriction or adhesion. Stretching and strengthening exercises are then used to promote re-​alignment of the fibers so that they behave more like normal, healthy tissue

Conditions treated with Graston Technique ® include:

  • Neck and Low Back sprains/​strains
  • Ligament sprains/​Muscle-​tendon strains/​Tears
  • Rotator cuff tendinopathy
  • Lateral/​medial epicondylosis
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Plantar fasciitis /​Achilles tendinitis
  • Shin splints
  • Patellofemoral disorders
  • Scars

I have been a certified Graston provider for the past three years in the Oak Ridges, Richmond Hill and Aurora communities.

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