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Graston Technique 
  • An instrument assisted myofascial release therapy which quickly and effectively breaks up scar tissue.
  • Used by professional and amateur athletes and sports teams, leading colleges and universities, and leading health care providers. 
  • The stainless steel instruments comb over the skin and "catch" on fibrotic tissue. Areas of restriction are immediately identified and released.

What conditions can you treat?
  • Achilles Tendonosis/itis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cervical Sprain/Strain (Neck Pain)
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Lateral Epicondylosis/itis (Tennis Elbow)
  • Medial Epicondylosis/itis (Golfer's Elbow)
  • Patellofemoral Disorders (Knee Pain)
  • Plantar Fascitis (Foot Pain)
  • Rotator Cuff Tendinosis/itis (Shoulder Pain)
  • ​Scar Tissue
  • Shin Splints
  • Trigger Finger
  • Women's Health (Post Mastectomy Scarring)
  • Lumbar Sprain/Strain (Back Pain)
  • Chronic Myofascial Pain
  • Any condition involving the muscles, tendons. ligaments, and connective tissue could potentially benefit from Graston Technique therapy

How  does it work?
Your therapist will apply oil to the skin, and then use specialized stainless steel instruments to stroke over the skin and identify areas of adhesions in the connective tissue underneath the skin. 

How long does it take?
Treatment is ideally twice a week for two to twelve weeks, depending on the condition being treated, how old the condition is, and the general health of the patient. 

Are there side effects?
Superficial bruising may occur, especially in chronic conditions. If it happens, the bruising is usually gone in a few days. Initial treatments will be light and gentle to determine patient tolerance. There may also be mild tenderness in the area treated.

Does it hurt?
Most people find treatment relatively comfortable. Some enjoy it and state if feels like scratching an itch. However, some areas of the body are more sensitive than others,  and everyone experiences pain differently. Your treatment will be based on your sensitivity and tolerance and is entirely determined by you. For those who are especially sensitive to pain Frequency Specific Microcurrent is an excellent alternative.

What are adhesions?
First, what is connective tissue? Have you ever peeled the skin off a raw chicken? Remember that layer of thin white fibrous tissue that sticks the skin to the flesh? That is the connective tissue, also known as fascia.

You still haven't told me what adhesions are.
Yes, it's a long story. Connective tissue is made up of smooth sheets of tissue layered on top of each other. These sheets slide over eachother, allowing our skin to move over our muscles, and our muscles to move over other muscles and bones. Sometimes, especially if there is inflammation or injury, the sheets get wrinkled and stuck to each other. Instead of smooth sheets, the fibers get knotted up like balls of yarn. That is an adhesion.

​What do adhesions do?
Adhesions decrease your range of motion, making you feel stiff, old and less limber. They cause pain as you move your body and they promote inflammation as the tissues pull on the surrounding tissues and cause micro-injuries. They also change the way you use your body, making you more prone to injury in other areas as you try to compensate for the reduced function in the area of adhesions.

Graston Technique on shoulder, upper trapezius and levator scapula muscles
Graston Technique on foot, treatment of plantar fasciitis
Picture of Graston Technique on neck and upper trapezius
Graston Technique on knee. Treatment of knee pain and dysfunction.
Picture of Graston Technique on shoulder and rotator cuff
Graston Technique on foot, treatment of plantar fasciitis
South Kona Chiropractic
  • Clinically proven to achieve faster and better outcomes
  • Effective for both acute and chronic conditions

​Can anyone be treated?
Not everyone is a good candidate for Graston therapy. Those who have a history of blood clotting disorders, and those who take medication to "thin" their blood and prevent blood clots may not be eligible. Freqeuncy Specific Microcurrent is an excellent alternative. If you take any blood thinning or anti-clotting medications such as coumadin, heparin, warfarin, or pradaxa, you must let your doctor know prior to treatment.
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