Balancing Training Along with Graston Technique Key to Returning from Injury

by Randall Lazicki, PT, DPT, ATC, CSCS
Nov 18, 2016      0 Comments

Ankle Sprain

After an ankle sprain, the body's ability to maintain balance can be significantly affected. Along with an effective rehabilitation program, one of the most efficient means of recovery from an ankle sprain and/or reducing injury risk is a comprehensive treatment approach incorporating the Graston Technique® and balance training.

How it Works
Graston Technique® is the premier evidence-based instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization system that incorporates specifically designed stainless steel instruments along with appropriate therapeutic exercise, such as balance training, to effectively treat areas of soft tissue dysfunction associated with an ankle sprain.

Balance training improves tactile, visual and vestibular input from our body and allows us to react to changing environments efficiently.

  • Tactile input is the information the body receives from specialized cells in our joints, muscles, tendons and skin.
  • Visual input is the information received from the eyes, providing valuable information on the surrounding environment.
  • Vestibular input is the information received from the inner ear that provides awareness of where the head is relative to our body and space.

What to Expect

Leg Raise

A Graston Technique® Provider will conduct a comprehensive examination and develop a treatment program addressing dysfunction associated with your injury. As the originator of instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization, Graston Technique® assists the provider with detecting subtle soft tissue dysfunction associated with injury and effectively improves range of motion. Issues such as reduced ankle range of motion have been linked to altered motor control for the lower extremity subsequently increasing injury risk if not adequately treated.

A Graston Technique® Provider will incorporate balance exercises as simple as standing on a single leg to multi-directional functional movements while modifying tactile, visual and vestibular inputs in a progressive manner:

  • Tactile: Flat ground --> Pillow or foam pad
  • Visual: Eyes open --> Eyes closed
  • Vestibular: Head in fixed position --> Head turns left/right or up/down

This comprehensive examination and treatment approach utilizing the Graston Technique® and balance training enables patients to decrease overall treatment time and foster faster recovery. Ultimately, returning the injured patient to full function while reducing injury risk.

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