The Graston technique is one type of Instrumental-Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM). Graston utilizes multiple stainless steel instruments to scan soft tissue and treat any areas of restrictions. The instruments allow practitioners to determine the appropriate use and pressure used to break up the restrictions. In addition, Graston practitioners will use the instruments to eliminate any restrictions from the other body parts that may be contributing to your pain.
By combining this technique with corrective exercise, stretching, and modalities clinicians can help the healing process in rebuilding the appropriate tissue.
The treatment time for each restriction is approximately 30-60 seconds per spot, while bruising and pain are avoided to provide comfort for the patient.
Graston may be incorporated in the treatment of:
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome,
And many other pathologies
For more information about the Graston Technique call (402) 933-3036 or visit www.makovickapt.com for a list of our 5 convenient Omaha Metro area locations.
At Makovicka Physical Therapy, we believe that stretching has a major impact on the outcome of our patients’ rehabilitation programs. Not only will it help after surgery, but stretching will also decrease the risk of a chronic injury that arises from either repeated motions or work habits. We will be focusing on some simple stretches that will decrease muscle tightness that often leads to chronic pain.
Sitting at a desk for 8 hours can benefit from a stretching protocol the same way someone who is physically fit benefits from stretching after a workout. The stretches we will be going through can be done standing up or even sitting at your desk and should become part of your daily routine.
Wrist stretches may be the most simple and can be done sitting at your desk. As we use our hands and wrists for day-to-day activities, it is very important to relieve some of the muscle tightness that may come with that. The stretches below can be held for 20-30 seconds with a straight or bent arm.
Our physical therapists at Makovicka Physical Therapy have treated these chronic injuries in athletes at Papillion-La Vista, Bellevue East and West, Millard, and Omaha school districts and would love to answer any questions you may have.