The Graston Technique® (GT) is an innovative, evidence-based form of therapy that utilizes an instrument to assist in soft tissue mobilization. This enables clinicians to effectively and efficiently break down scar tissue and fascial restrictions. GT utilizes specially designed stainless steel instruments to detect and effectively treat areas exhibiting soft tissue fibrosis or chronic inflammation. The use of GT instruments along with therapeutic exercises help restore pain-free movement and function. The Graston
Technique® was originally developed by athletes to treat soft tissue injuries. It has grown in popularity to include athletic trainers, chiropractors, physical therapists, occupational therapists and their approach in treating acute and chronic soft tissue injuries.
How does the Graston Technique® work?
The instrument is designed to comb over and catch on fibrotic tissue which identifies the areas of restriction. This allows us to treat the soft tissue lesions with the adequate depth, pressure and specificity necessary. By following the kinetic chain, we will be able to find and treat the cause. Once the tissue dysfunction has been identified, the instruments break up with scar tissue so it can be absorbed by the body. The soft tissue injury can be rebuilt into healthy functioning tissue by incorporating stretching, strengthening and ice in the treatment and rehab process.