Graston Technique has recently started to grow in popularity since its introduction to the rehabilitation community the mid-1990s. It uses a set of 6 specialized stainless steel tools of different sizes and shapes to address dysfunction in soft tissue (anything in the musculoskeletal system other than bone and cartilage).
The tools are placed in contact with the skin and moved across the area of dysfunction by a certified practitioner. A series of varied treatment strokes are used to achieve the desire effect on soft tissues. Intensity of treatment can range from gentle to aggressive depending on the pressure the practitioner uses on the tool, the specific tool itself, as well as the nature of the pathology.
Graston Technique has been effective in:
- Reducing adhesions and restrictions in fascia
- Breaking up and re-modeling scar tissue
- Releasing muscle tightness, trigger points and spasm
- Influencing healing of ligaments and tendons.
- In some cases, it can be used to control swelling and inflammation
Although Graston can be used on any area of the body, some examples that can be treated by the technique include:
- Achilles tendinopathies
- Iliotibial band (ITB) syndromes or tightness
- Post-surgical procedures of a musculoskeletal nature
- Plantar fasciitis and golfer’s or tennis elbow