What is Graston®?
Graston Technique® is an innovative, patented form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization that enables clinicians to effectively break down scar tissue and fascial restrictions. The technique utilizes specially designed stainless steel instruments to specifically detect and effectively treat areas exhibiting soft tissue fibrosis or chronic inflammation. The Graston Technique®
- Decreases overall time of treatment
- Fosters faster rehabilitation/recovery
- Reduces need for anti-inflammatory medication
- Resolves chronic conditions thought to be permanent
- Reduces muscle tone and tightness
What can Graston Technique® be used to treat?
Graston can be used any time a drugless procedure for the control of pain is desired, when conventional therapies have been ineffective, or when the acceleration of healing from injuries is desired. The following disorders can be treated with Graston Technique®
- Muscle spasms and strains
- Scar tissue
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Elbow disorders
- Musculoskeletal dysfunction & trigger points
- Myofascial pain syndrome
- Pain relief (e.g. acute and chronic low back pain/neck pain, orthodontic pain, shoulder pain)
- Patella-femoral pain syndrome
- Shoulder impingement syndrome
What does a Graston® treatment consist of?
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. It is common to experience minor discomfort during the procedure and some bruising afterwards. This is a normal response and part of the healing process.
Does Graston® therapy work?
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.