Graston Technique®

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What is the Graston Technique®?

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.

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:

  • breaks down scar tissue and fascia restrictions caused by certain forms of trauma to the soft tissue;
  • 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; and
  • increases histamine response secondary to mast cell activity.

How are the instruments used?

The Graston Technique® six core 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 reintroduce small traumas with the goal of breaking up the scar tissue so it can be absorbed by the body.

Treatment time is usually 30 to 60 seconds per treatment area.

Who can benefit from Graston Technique® treatments?

The Graston Technique® has been effective in the treatment of:

  • Achilles Tendinosis/itis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cervical Sprain/Strain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Golfer’s Elbow
  • Lateral Epicondylosis/itis
  • Lumbar Strain/Sprain
  • Medical Epicondylosis/itis
  • Patellofemoral Disorders
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Rotator Cuff Tendinosis/itis
  • Scar Tissue
  • Shin Splints
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Trigger Finger
  • Women’s Health (post-mastectomy and caesarian scarring)

What kind of results does the 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 post-surgical patients.

The technique can:

  • decrease overall time of treatment;
  • foster faster rehabilitation/recovery;
  • reduce the need for anti-inflammatory medication; and
  • resolve chronic conditions thought to be permanent.

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.

We have practitioners certified in the Graston Technique® at our clinic. Book your appointment today!

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