Graston Technique

Graston tool

About Graston Technique:

Graston Technique is the most widely-known form of Instrument Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) and used by chiropractors, physical therapists, and other clinicians who treat patients for musculoskeletal injuries.  It was originally developed by athletes and is a treatment option on hundreds of amateur and professional sports organizations.  Graston Technique certification is typically a requirement for practitioners who are treating high level athletes.

Graston Technique is the use of specially designed stainless steel instruments to detect scar tissue, fascial restrictions, adhesion, trigger points, points of referred pain, chronic inflammation, and fibrosis. Once these are found, the tools are used to release, remodel, and treat the area. Disrupting and breaking up these regions of tissue can help resolve conditions that have been chronic problems and have a significant soft tissue component.  

Evidence-based research has shown that the use of Graston Technique in conjunction with chiropractic care decreases the overall time of treatment and leads to faster rehabilitation and recovery.  At AccessHealth our chiropractors are Graston Technique certified and pleased to offer Graston Technique as a compliment to other chiropractic treatment procedures.

What Graston Treatment Feels Like:

Patients can typically feel their tissues moving and sliding underneath the Graston tools.  When we're working on a trigger point or area of fibrotic fascia, there is a "Vibration" sensation and the treatment may produce heat and mild redness in the area.  As treatment progresses patients feel the area loosening up and the tissues moving better and relaxing.  It can be tender in the initial phases of treatment, but by the end many patients request it because of how relieving and relaxing it feels.

How Graston Technique is Different from Gua Sha or Other Types of IASTM:

The biggest difference, and what sets Graston Treatment apart from others, is that practitioners have to go through an extensive course of training and certification in order to perform it.  During training we learn how to treat different conditions and regions of the body.  Gua Sha and other systems of IASTM don't require any formal training in order to be able to use them, and use a different collection of tools.  Since healthcare practitioners have to be trained and certified in Graston Technique, it has quietly become the gold standard for addressing soft tissue adhesions in treatment of musculoskeletal injuries.

If you're curious and looking for more information, feel free to call or email the AccessHealth chiropractors or check out the Graston Technique website for more information at: