CHANGING THE WAY SOFT TISSUE INJURIES ARE TREATED
Graston Technique is an evidence-based form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization that enables clinicians to effectively address scar tissue and fascial restrictions through comprehensive training, resulting in improved patient outcomes.
The technique uses specially-designed stainless steel instruments, along with appropriate therapeutic exercise, to specifically detect and effectively treat areas exhibiting soft tissue fibrosis or chronic inflammation. The instruments also are used diagnostically to follow the kinetic chain, to locate and treat the cause of the symptom as well as the specific area of pain.
Originally developed by athletes, Graston Technique® is an interdisciplinary treatment used by more than 21,750 clinicians worldwide — including physical and occupational therapists, hand therapists, chiropractors, and athletic trainers.
WHAT IS THE GRASTON TECHNIQUE
The Graston Technique incorporates an evidence-based form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization that enables clinicians to effectively detect and treat scar tissue and restrictions that affect normal function.
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
Benefits of the Graston Technique
Decreased overall time of treatment
Better outcomes in treating both acute and chronic injuries
Faster Rehabilitation and Recovery time
Reduced need for anti-inflammatory and pain medications
Resolves chronic conditions thought to be permanent
Allows patients to maintain normal activity during treatment
Resolves effects of post surgical scarring
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