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We now provide Graston treatment. Learn more about it…

Sep7th 2014


The Graston Technique is also referred to as Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM). Six stainless steel instruments are used to glide along the patient’s skin with moderate pressure to help locate any soft tissue restrictions. As the body heals after an injury or surgery, adhesions can lay down as “scar tissue” while trying to repair the affected muscles, tendons and ligaments. These tools can help enhance what is typically felt by the clinician’s hands to more specifically treat the problem areas. Following up with other manual techniques, modalities and exercise, the Graston Technique can be very effective in treating many common diagnoses.

The tools provide a “bumpy” or granular feel that can be detected by both the patient and the clinician. Various techniques or “strokes” are used to help break up the restrictions. Healing tissue is often weaker and stiffer and studies have shown that the Graston Technique can help re-align the tissues into a more normal, healthy pattern so that the patient feels less pain and more mobility. The tools also allow for easier treatment along the entire kinetic chain so overall treatment time can also be reduced. Patients usually get 2-3 treatments per week for up to 4-5 weeks, but can often see a positive response after the first few treatments.

Common diagnoses treated:

  • Carpal Tunnel
  • Cervical Pain
  • De Quervain’s syndrome
  • Epicondylitis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • IT band syndrome
  • Joint sprain
  • Lower back pain
  • Muscle strain
  • Painful scars
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Tendonosis
  • Post-fracture pain
  • Post-mastectomy and caesarean scarring