GRASTON TECHNIQUE

What is Graston Technique?

With over 24,500 clinicians using Graston Technique, it is now considered the industry standard and an evidence-based form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilisation (IASTM). It is used in Graston Technique is an effective, non-invasive procedure for treating acute and chronic adhesions and scarring caused by surgery, soft tissue injuries, and overuse of muscles.

The stainless steel instruments transmit a unique vibration assisting the clinician pinpoint and break down the scar tissue and fascial adhesions, which would otherwise be difficult to feel only using your hands, accelerating the recovery process.

Graston Technique is rapidly growing in popularity due to its effectiveness and efficiency and is fast becoming one of the best soft tissue techniques available for soft tissue injury.

We use Graston Technique alongside our joint mobilization and corrective exercise to address and correct biomechanical deficiencies and imbalances such as restricted joints and tight muscles.

How can Graston Technique help you?

Graston has been shown to be effective in the treatment of many soft tissue injuries.

If you have one of these problems Graston Technique could help you:

  • General scar tissue
  • Medial epicondilitis – golfers elbow – elbow pain
  • Lateral epicondylitis – tennis elbow
  • Achillies tendonosis – ankle pain
  • Plantar fasciitis – foot pain
  • Chronic compartment syndrome – leg pain
  • ITB friction syndrome / runners knee – knee pain
  • Medial tibial stress syndrome – shin splints
  • MCL or LCL sprains – knee pain
  • Ankle sprain – ankle pain
  • Thoracic outlet
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome – wrist pain
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome – foot pain
  • Women’s Health – post-mastectomy and caesarean scarring
  • Lumbar strains and sprains
  • Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis
  • Cervical sprain / strain – neck pain
  • Lumbar sprain / strain – back pain
  • Patellofemoral disorders – knee pain
  • Rotator cuff tendinosis / tendonitis – shoulder pain
  • Trigger Finger / Trigger thumb – hand pain

How Graston Technique Works

Instruments effectively break down fascial restrictions and scar tissue. Instruments provide the clinician with the ability to locate restrictions and treat the affected area.

The introduction of controlled microtrauma to affected soft tissue structure causes the stimulation of a local inflammatory response.

Microtrauma initiates reabsorption of inappropriate fibrosis or excessive scar tissue and facilitates a cascade of healing activities resulting in remodeling of affected soft tissue structures. Adhesions within the soft tissue which may have developed as a result of surgery, immobilization, repeated strain or other mechanisms, are broken down allowing full functional restoration to occur.

Indications

  • Limited motion
  • pain during motion
  • motor control issues
  • Muscle recruitment issues
  • Conditions for which IASTM is usually used:
  • Medial Epicondylitis, Lateral Epicondylitis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Neck Pain
  • Plantar Fascitis
  • Rotator Cuff Tendinitis
  • Patellar Tendinitis
  • Tibialis Posterior Tendinitis
  • Heel Pain /Achilles Tendinitis
  • DeQuervain’s Syndrome
  • Post-Surgical and Traumatic Scars
  • Myofascial Pain and Restrictions
  • Musculoskeletal Imbalances
  • Chronic Joint Swelling Associated with Sprains/Strains
  • Ligament Sprains
  • Muscle Strains
  • Non-Acute Bursitis
  • RSD (Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy)
  • Back Pain
  • Trigger Finger
  • Hip Pain (Replacements)
  • IT Band Syndrome
  • Shin Splints
  • Chronic Ankle Sprains
  • Acute Ankle Sprains (Advanced Technique)
  • Scars (Surgical, Traumatic)
  • Contraindications
  • Compromised tissue integrity (open wound, infection, tumor)
  • Active implants (pacemaker, internal defibrillator, picc/pump lines)
  • DVT
  • Cervical carotid sinus

 

 

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