Competitive Edge is proud to be the only provider in the Oldsmar/Westchase/Tampa
Bay area that offers treatment using the Graston Technique. Only clinicians
trained specifically in the application of Graston instruments are qualified to
provide treatments. This technique promotes faster recovery from injury,
decreases overall treatment time and reduces pain associated with acute and
What Is Graston?
After an injury, the body creates scar tissue to help repair damaged muscles,
tendons and ligaments. This scar tissue is often weaker and less flexible than
normal soft tissue and can cause pain and decreased mobility. Graston Technique
utilizes specialized stainless steel tools to help detect scar tissue and
adhesions within soft tissue and promote the realignment of healing fibers to
Graston Technique has been clinically proven to achieve quicker and better
outcomes in treating both acute and chronic conditions, including:
- Cervical sprain/strain (neck pain)
- Lumbar sprain/strain (back pain)
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (wrist pain)
- Plantar Fasciitis (foot pain)
- Lateral Epicondylitis (tennis elbow)
- Medial Epicondylitis (golfer's elbow)
- Rotator Cuff Tendinosis (shoulder pain)
- Patellofemoral Disorders (knee pain)
- Achilles Tendinosis (ankle pain)
- Shin Splints/Running Injuries
How Does It Work?
Graston instruments resonate in the clinician's hands allowing the clinician to
isolate adhesions and restrictions, and treat them very precisely. Just as a
stethoscope amplifies what the human ear can hear, the Graston instruments
significantly increase what the human hands can feel. Combined with stretching
and strengthening activities, Graston Technique can drastically reduce recovery
What to Expect With Graston Treatments
Depending on the area being treated, sessions typically last for 30 minutes.
These treatments involve a brief warm up to increase blood flow to the affected
area, use of Graston instruments to break up localized scar tissue/adhesion
areas, stretching/strengthening and ice. It is common to experience minor
discomfort during the Graston procedure and mild bruising/redness following the
treatment session. This is a normal part of the healing process as scar tissue
is broken up and reabsorbed into the body.
Typical treatment frequency is 2 times per week for 4-5 weeks, depending on the
nature of the injury. Patients typically begin to notice an improvement in
symptoms after 3-4 sessions.
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