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.
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. 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 exercises are then used to promote re-alignment of the fibers so that they behave more like normal, healthy tissue.
The benefit of the Graston Technique® is not only in detection of restrictions or adhesions, but also in the amount of improvement that takes place in a short amount of time. Unfortunately, the unaided hand is hard pressed to detect and break up as much scar tissue as the stainless steel instruments can.
What Our Patients Are Saying
Symmetry provides a personalized physical therapy experience with a polite and helpful staff. Owner Chris Lauretani is on site and maintains a professional, productive environment. I have been to other PT facilities where I felt like it was a mill and I was just a number and performed all the rehab activities on my own as if I was at home. At Symmetry the staff carefully monitors the mechanics and exercises that each patient performs. Symmetry uses innovative, modern techniques to get their patients back on their feet. Specifically, Bryan used a technique called “cupping” on my leg to increase blood flow and massage the injured area. Previously, a therapist implemented “graston” therapy on my injured area. I highly recommend Symmetry for anyone seeking an effective, personalized facility for rehabbing injuries.
– Darren G.
What Our Patients Are Saying
The team at Symmetry has been stupendous. After rupturing my patellar tendon and having it surgically repaired I thought my knee would never bend again. Although early in my rehab, I am now walking without crutches or cane and bending the knee; finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel back to 100%. I have unfortunately had rehab years ago elsewhere for a broken ankle, and the service and care at Symmetry is far ahead of that other place.