Graston Technique therapy is instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization also known as IASTM. Dysfunction of soft tissues (muscle, ligaments, tendons and fascia) may cause pain and restrict movement. Graston Technique therapy is an evidence-based treatment used in conjunction with restorative exercise to help restore function and decrease pain. Graston Technique therapy can be used to treat:
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Tennis Elbow/Golfers Elbow (Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis)
- Muscle pulls, strains, and tears
- Achilles Tendinosis
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Knee pain (Patellofemoral Dysfunction)
- Scar Tissue
- Scar Therapy
- Chronic and Acute Pain
A licensed therapist certified in Graston Technique therapy will perform a comprehensive tissue evaluation. Once restriction and dysfunction is accessed Graston Protocol will be administered for optimal outcomes. Each treatment will begin with a warm up to increase blood flow, followed by Graston Technique. Each treatment is performed for 10 minutes or less using one of six specifically designed stainless steel instruments. Followed by restorative stretching and strengthening activities to remodel soft tissue.
Benefits and outcomes are dependent upon each patient with most showing positive results within 3-5 treatment sessions. Post treatment bruising and soreness may occur however is never the goal. Compliance with post treatment education and a home exercise program is essential to meeting the goal of healing, eliminating pain and restoring mobility.
1) (Carey-Loghmani, Schrader, & Hammer, 2019)