Astym Treatment vs. The Graston Technique
The goal for both of these treatments is to reduce the need for splints, braces, and anti-inflammatory medications while allowing the patient to participate in their activity of choice during treatment. Today, there are a variety of physical therapists, athletic trainers, and chiropractors who use these techniques to treat athletes of all levels, including the collegiate and professional.
What is Graston Technique?
For many years, people tried a form of deep tissue massage to treat their injuries. The Graston Technique was founded by an athlete who was frustrated with his rehabilitation progress following surgery. He developed a set of tools to help with the recovery massage process.
The Graston Technique was created to break up adhesions that are formed between scar tissue and other tissues in the body, especially the tissue which enclose muscles and tendons. These adhesions are usually the result of an injury, but can also be seen following surgical procedures. As the physical therapist rubs the area with specially designed stainless steel instruments, these adhesions can be felt and gradually released to provide relief for the patient.
Astym Treatment is another non-invasive form of tissue manipulation that has a different approach to stimulate healing. Instead of breaking up scar tissue, Astym is designed to promote the bodies natural regenerative processes to resorb and remodel it. Because Astym is not an immediate change in the injured and healthy tissue, it is a less painful form of therapy. A period of stretching and strengthening is recommended by the physical therapist following the initial sessions to help restore normal strength and function.
Although there are differences in each form of treatment, the physical therapists at Norfolk Physical Therapy recommend Astym Treatment because of the natural regenerative process. There is also a lot more science and research behind Astym, proving to be an effective way to stimulate healing. Click here to visit our Astym page to learn more, or call Norfolk Physical Therapy at (402) 371-9707 to start your recovery process!
Posted on: Wednesday, August 8, 2018
Last modified on: Wednesday, August 8, 2018