If you enjoy sports, you might have heard of the treatment method growing in popularity called Graston Technique. If you also have experienced pain at the bottom of your foot you may have been told you have plantar fasciitis. The Graston Technique is a cutting-edge, non-invasive treatment for soft-tissue injuries. Especially injuries where inflammation is present. It has been praised by star athletes and is gaining traction outside of the world of sports as well.
What is the Graston Technique?
What Is the Graston Technique? Is it painful? How much will it cost? And most importantly, does it work? Here’s what you need to know about the Graston Technique and plantar fasciitis. The Graston technique is utilized by a licensed physician. He or She uses small stainless-steel instruments to apply progressive, targeted pressure to the specific area. The technique helps with arch pain at the foot. It helps break up adhesions in the inflamed, damaged arch, and improves blood flow. It encourages the regeneration of healthy tissue.
What Is the Plantar Fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis is a common and often persistent kind of repetitive stress injury (RSI). It affects nearly anyone standing for a living. From cashiers to walkers and hikers. The biggest victims of this problem are runners. Other risk factors include running on pavement or working on concrete.
- It causes mainly foot arch pain and/or heel pain.
- Foot pain in the morning is a signature symptom.
- Plantar fasciitis is not the same thing as heel spurs and flat feet (but they are related and often confused).
Most people recover from plantar fasciitis with a little rest, arch support, and stretching, but not everyone. Most severe cases can stop you in your tracks, undermine your general health, and be prolonged for years. Thus, Graston Technique may be for the patient with intense chronic plantar fasciitis that just won’t go away. We can’t promise a cure for your foot pain. But we can guarantee a deep understanding of the subject and your available options.
Benefits of Graston Therapy for Plantar Fasciitis
Graston Therapy is very similar to other therapies for plantar fasciitis that work to break up adhesions and improve blood flow to the injured fascia (including dry needling).
What the Graston Technique offers is highly targeted pressure therapy with specialized instruments. While a rolling stick or a golf ball is quite helpful in breaking up adhesions and improving blood flow, some patients find additional benefit in instrument-assisted soft tissue therapy that’s administered by a licensed provider who can apply highly targeted pressure.
Many people report significant pain relief in the days and weeks following Graston Therapy as blood flow improves, while adhesions and scar tissue break down.
Supplementing the Graston Technique
There is always room for more research on the effectiveness of the Graston Technique. Nonetheless, many reports show promising results. Still, some questions remain as to whether the Graston Technique is more effective than basic self-massage.
Compared with alternative plantar fasciitis treatments, the Graston Technique is inexpensive and non-invasive with very few side effects. If you have found success with massage therapy and wonder if Graston therapy is right for you, there’s no reason not to give this technique a try.
In all cases, Graston Therapy should be combined with treatments that target the root cause of plantar fasciitis. So, just chasing the symptoms without treating the source of your foot and heel pain can turn into a chronic condition or symptoms getting worse. Therefore, Graston Technique supplements chiropractic adjustments to the foot and pelvis very well. If the root cause is biomechanical dysfunction then it must be corrected in conjunction with the fascia pain.
Daily corrective exercises are important to add to your routine to strengthen the plantar fascia and surrounding muscles and ligaments. There may be an indication to wear orthotic inserts to lift the damaged fascia to its optimal height while reducing the pain. It’s just as important to correct other trouble spots like ill-fitting footwear, not giving your feet a break or weight gain adding stress on your arches.
Also published on Medium.