Graston Technique or Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) is a modification of traditional hands-on soft tissue mobilization that uses specifically designed instruments to allow a controlled amount of microtrauma into an area of excessive scar and or soft tissue fibrosis.
The Graston technique is an innovative, cutting edge form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization that allows the practitioner to successfully break down scar tissue and fascial restriction. This non-invasive technique uses specially designed precision engineered stainless steel instruments, seen above. The proper use of these instruments can detect and treat areas exhibiting soft tissue fibrosis and chronic inflammation. Graston effectively detects and treats scar tissue and restrictions that affect normal function. Graston breaks up scar tissue that is limiting your mobility which then promotes extensive healing. Historically, the Graston Technique®, by a trained clinician, has had positive outcomes in 75-90 percent of all conditions treated. It is equally effective in restoring function to acute and chronic injuries, pre- and post-surgical patients and maintaining optimal range of motion.
Graston trained clinicians use Graston instruments to effectively and efficiently address soft tissue lesions and fascial restrictions while treating the following acute and chronic conditions:
Achilles Tendinitis/osis (ankle pain)
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (wrist pain)
Cervicothoracic Sprain/Strain (neck pain)
Lateral Epicondylitis/osis (tennis elbow)
Lumbosacral Sprain/Strain (back pain)
Medial Epicondylitis/osis (golfer’s elbow)
Myofascial Pain Syndromes
Patellofemoral Disorders (knee pain)
Plantar Fasciitis/osis (foot pain)
Post surgeries such as joint replacements, RTC repairs (once post-surgical protocol allows for soft tissue mobilization/manual therapy)