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Injury Time Out With Capilano: Graston Technique®

| September 16, 2016 | Reply

HandGT webAt Capilano Rehab Centre, we are always looking for ways to improve treatment and pain relief for our patients in their rehab journey.  Marie-Josée is the latest Physio to add Graston Technique® (GT) to her list of professional credentials.  I sat down with MJ to see why she chose Graston Technique® and how she feels it will benefit her patients.   

What made you decide to do a Graston Technique® Certification Course? Two reasons: First, I saw that GT was beneficial to the patients of other therapists in our facility, so I knew there were some definite clinical benefits.  Second, I wished to offer another treatment option to my patients to help address their soft tissue injury needs.

Explain how Graston works? As a certified Graston Technique® clinician, I use specially designed and patented stainless steel instruments to address a variety of soft tissue problems.  An instrument is moved over the patient’s affected area (injury site) and helps break up soft tissue adhesions. This process may need to be repeated which in time reduces or eliminates the adhered fibres allowing them to return to healthily functioning tissue.  And pain relief is an obvious result.

Are there any side effect? Typically, there can be some focal application soreness.  Other than that, only some minimal skin bruising.  Even with the use of friction free gel, the small skin capillaries can react to the pressure. 

What is the most common injury that you see that would benefit from Graston? Graston can be used for a host of conditions and injuries.  I personally find it beneficial when treating various hand injuries as the instruments easily fit the contours of hand and fingers.

You teach dance, lead an active lifestyle and your husband runs Marathons. You are constantly around recreational athletes, how will Graston help athletes who may not have a specific injury? Graston can identify and treat scar tissue, fascial restrictions, chronic inflammation and range of flexibility limitations.  By regaining proper muscle function, a rec athlete will be less likely to suffer from injury.

What about the average person? Could Graston help people who were in a car accident? Sure.  Graston can be beneficial to athletes as well as everyday patients alike, as it enables the clinician to effectively treat soft-tissue injuries including those caused from a car accident. 

Any other important things to know about Graston? Patients usually need up to two treatments per week for a three-to-five week treatment cycle. Most patients have a positive response by the third to fourth treatment.  

To see MJ, or any of Capilano Rehab’s other Graston Technique® providers call 780-466-1104 and let our helpful receptionists know you would like to book in for Graston Technique® physiotherapy.

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I am Capilano Rehab Centre’s Community Care Coordinator. I have been with Capilano Rehab for 9 years primarily as a Physio Assistant, but also as a Receptionist. I have a Physical Education Degree from the University of Alberta, which I will eventually use when my two young children are grown up. In the mean time I am enjoying helping people in the Community through my role as Community Care Coordinator and bringing awareness to how a Physiotherapist can help you get back to the activities you love the most!

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