The Graston Technique may be a treatment option that your therapist deems appropriate for the management of your condition. This procedure uses metal instruments which allow your therapist to detect and treat areas of “scar tissue” (fibrosis) or adhesions in muscles, tendons and ligaments that can lead to pain and dysfunction. Fibrous scar tissue forms in muscles, tendons, and ligaments which have been injured or overused, whether it be in sport or daily activities. Formation of scar tissue can lead to pain and dysfunction because it lacks the normal strength and flexibility of healthy tissue. The stainless steel instruments utilized in the Graston Technique allow your therapist to detect areas of scar tissue by gliding along the muscle or tendon. The instrument, in conjunction with stretching, exercise, and other manual therapies, is then used to treat the area of restriction and promote normal tissue development. The Graston Technique not only allows your physical therapist to detect adhesions, but it also leads to rapid improvements in many patient cases. This technique is not appropriate for all patients, but it can be very helpful for many of the conditions we treat.