Graston Technique® (GT) is a unique, evidence-based form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization that enables clinicians to effectively and efficiently address soft tissue lesions and fascial restrictions resulting in improved patient outcomes. GT uses specially designed stainless steel instruments with unique treatment edges and angles to deliver an effective means of manual therapy. The use of GT instruments, when combined with appropriate therapeutic exercise, leads to the restoration of pain-free movement and function. The instruments also are used diagnostically to assess the kinetic chain, in an efficient manner using the principles of regional interdependence.
Graston technique allows the therapist to get as deep into the tissue as necessary to invoke change while being sensitive to patient pain and tolerance. As the instruments are moved over the affected area and come in contact with the adhesions, they break up scar tissue. In time, this process will reduce or eliminate the adhered fibers, restoring motion while decreasing pain. This technique rebuilds injured tissue into healthy functioning tissue.
Graston Technique is clinically proven to achieve faster and better patient outcomes in treating: Achilles tendinosis, fibromyalgia, neck strain/pain, lumbar strains/low back pain, shin splints, plantar fasciitis, rotator cuff tendinitis, trigger finger, tennis and golfers elbow, patellofemoral disorders (knee pain) and women’s health (post-mastectomy).
Graston Technique is accepted nationwide by elite athletes and everyday patients like you.
Empirical and anecdotal evidence exists for the following physiological effects of GT:
Separates and breaks down collagen cross-links, and splays and stretches connective tissue and muscle fibers Facilitates reflex changes in the chronic muscle holding pattern (inhibition of abnormal tone/guarding leading to pain reduction via improved sensory input) Alters/inhibits spinal reflex activity (facilitated segment) Increases the rate and amount of blood flow to and from the area (angiogenesis vs. immediate local increases in blood flow) Increases cellular activity in the region, including fibroblasts and mast cells Increases histamine response secondary to mast cell activity