What Is Graston Technique®?
The Graston Technique® is a type of manual therapy categorized as “Instrument-Assisted Soft-Tissue Mobilization” (IASTM), in which specially designed tools are applied to musculoskeletal injuries to reduce pain and increase function.
Regardless if your problem is chronic, acute, or post-surgical, the Graston Technique® has been shown to treat all soft tissue conditions with great effectiveness. When combined with therapeutic exercise, the Graston Technique® leads to faster rehabilitation and the restoration of pain-free, unrestricted movement and function.
Graston Tools & RockBlades
At XCEL A.R.T., the Graston Technique® is applied using both Graston Tools as well as RockBlades — stainless steel instruments with unique treatment edges and angles – to gently massage or scrape the skin, enabling the practitioner to identify soft tissue lesions and attempt to break up scar tissue.
The technique also allows the practitioner to identify fascial restrictions, and reduce them by stretching connective tissue to rearrange the injured tissue’s structure.
What Conditions Will The Graston Technique® Help?
The most common conditions treated with Graston Technique® therapy are:
- Ankle Pain (Achilles Tendinosis/itis)
- Wrist Pain (Carpal Tunnel Syndrome)
- Neck Pain (Cervical Sprain/Strain)
- Hamstring Injuries
- Hip Pain
- IT Band (Iliotibial Band)
- Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylosis/itis)
- Back Pain (Lumbar Sprain/Strain)
- Golfer's Elbow (Medial Epicondylosis/itis)
- Knee Pain (Patellofemoral Disorders)
- Heel Pain (Plantar Fasciitis)
- Shoulder Pain (Rotator Cuff Tendinosis/itis)
- Scar Tissue
- Shin Splints
- Trigger Finger
- Women's Health (Post-Mastectomy and Caesarean Scarring)