Graston Technique

In this video, Andrew (RMT) demonstrates using Sound Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization(SASTM) – using the tools invented by David Graston!

Did you know that Back to Health has a practitioner certified in the Graston Technique? Read below to find out more or email reception@back2health4you.com to book an appointment today!

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What is the Graston Technique®?

The Graston Technique® incorporates a form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization that enables trained clinicians to effectively detect and treat scar tissue and restrictions that affect normal function.

The Technique:

• Separates and breaks down collagen cross-links, and splays and stretches connective tissue and muscle fibers
• Increases skin temperature
• Facilitates reflex changes in the chronic muscle holding pattern
• Alters spinal reflex activity (facilitated segment)
• Increases the rate and amount of blood flow to and from the area
• Increases cellular activity in the region, including fibroblasts and mast cells
• Increases histamine response secondary to mast cell activity

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For the patient:

• Decreases overall time of treatment
• Fosters faster rehabilitation/recovery
• Reduces need for anti-inflammatory medication
• Resolves chronic conditions thought to be permanent

Why is scar tissue a problem?

Scar tissue limits range of motion, and in many instances causes pain, which prevents the patient from functioning as he or she did before the injury.

How are the instruments used?

The Graston Technique® instruments are used to enhance the clinician’s ability to detect adhesions, scar tissue or restrictions in the affected areas. Skilled clinicians use the stainless steel instruments to comb over and “catch” on fibrotic tissue, which immediately identifies the areas of restriction. Once the tissue has been identified, the instruments are used to break up the scar tissue so it can be absorbed by the body.

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What kind of results does Graston Technique® produce?

 Historically, the Graston Technique® has had positive outcomes in 75–90 percent of all conditions treated. It is equally effective in restoring function to acute and chronic injuries, and pre- and postsurgical patients.

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Can anyone obtain the instruments?

Only clinicians who have been trained and accredited in the Graston Technique® Basic course are qualified to obtain the Graston Technique® instruments and apply the technique to treat patients. The course is offered either on-site or at trainings offered throughout the year at a variety of locations.

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