What is Graston?
Graston is a non-invasive treatment technique used to break down scar tissue and soft tissue fibrosis. Specially designed stainless steel instruments are used over the surface of the affected area to reduce and eliminate the adhered tissue. This can result in more comfort over a scar that feels tight and sore as well as improve the overall appearance (decrease raised and ripple appearance).
What is scar tissue?
Scar tissue is a natural part of the healing process. It presents after tissue has been cut or damaged through injury or operative procedures. This tissue is thicker, firmer, and more fibrotic than normal tissue and although it is not painful itself, it can restrict mobility and cause areas of firmness under your skin.
What can I expect with a Graston treatment?
Your first visit is between 45 to 60 minutes. We will begin with a discussion to better understand your current health condition and discuss your treatment goals and expectations. This session will also involve an introduction to the Graston technique.
Follow up appointments are approximately 30 minute. Each session begins by heating the affected tissue. The Graston treatment itself takes 10-20 minutes. Best results occur with 1-3 treatments per week over a four-to-five week period. Results begin to show typically after 3-4 sessions.
Treating soft tissue injuries can be uncomfortable however, this procedure is not meant to be extremely painful. While bruising and redness is not the intent of the treatment, you may experiences some redness and soreness in the tissue treated initially. Every effort will be made to ensure your comfort during the procedure while achieving maximum benefit from the technique.
What to bring?
● For you first session – you will need to bring your private health insurance information (insurance card), low waist yoga/sweat pants or shorts and a comfortable shirt or sports bra.
● Doctor’s referral if you have one – you DO NOT need a Doctor’s referral to see a Physiotherapist however, many private health insurance providers require that you have a Doctor’s referral for physiotherapy in order to have it reimbursed. Please contact your private health insurance provider to verify.
● Any test results or specialist reports you may have.
What is the Cost?
Many private healthcare plans cover Physiotherapy assessments and treatments. You will need to check with your provider for your maximum coverage amounts and if we can direct bill from the clinic for you. The costs are $80 for assessment and $70 for follow-up visits.
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