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.
- 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.