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GRASTON® Technique is a form of IASTM (instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization) that combines manual therapy with exercise prescription. The GRASTON Technique utilizes specialized ergonomic stainless steel GRASTON® instruments that massage and scrape the skin gently, followed by specific exercise prescription to enhance the healing process of the dysfunctional tissues. This type of manual therapy helps to initiate the healing process for soft tissue injuries such as connective tissues, muscles, neurological tissues and skin. It is effective for orthopedic soft tissue injuries including but not limited to ligament sprains, muscular strains, subluxations, repetitive/overuse stress injuries and tendonitis(osis). Studies have shown that the Graston Technique is beneficial for a variety of conditions such as rotator cuff tendonitis(osis), mechanical low back pain, plantar fasciitis, TMJ, tennis and/or golfer’s elbow, hamstring strain and more.
Facts about GRASTON® Technique:
- More than 31,000 clinicians worldwide use it.
- It is applied at more than 3,600 outpatient facilities.
- It is used by 16 NBA teams, 18 NFL teams and 16 MLB teams.
- It is used by more than 500 professional and amateur sports organizations.
- It is part of the curriculum at more than 50 colleges and universities.
How is GRASTON performed by a clinician?
The GRASTON Technique identifies and mobilizes areas of scar tissue that are hindering the body’s healing and/or mobility. When the body is injured, there are thick bands of fibrotic tissue that can develop at the site of injury. The technique is used to identify the locations where these fibrotic tissues are present. The treatment technique separates and breaks down the fibrotic tissue across connective tissue (ligaments, etc.) and muscle fibers. The technique, followed by an exercise protocol, allows for proper healing of the tissues in addition to improving their tensile strength and increasing their cross-sectional area.
Am I a candidate for GRASTON?
You may be a good candidate for treatment with the GRASTON if you are experiencing restricted mobility and/or chronic pain following an injury. Our clinicians will conduct a full orthopedic exam to determine the type and extent of your injury and whether this treatment technique is right for your recovery needs.
How many GRASTON treatments would I need?
Your clinician will perform an orthopedic assessment and determine a treatment plan for you. A typical protocol for GRASTON Technique calls for 2 sessions per week for 4-6 weeks, patient and injury dependent. Many begin to see results after the 3rd treatment.
Common Conditions Treated by GRASTON:
- Plantar fasciitis (foot pain)
- Cervical strain/sprain (neck pain)
- Achilles tendonosis (ankle pain)
- Rotator cuff dysfunctions (shoulder pain)
- Lateral and medial epicondylitis (tennis and golfer’s elbow)
- Carpal tunnel syndrome (wrist pain)
- Lumbar strain/sprain (low back pain)
- Patellofemoral pain (knee pain)
Benefits of GRASTON TECHNIQUE:
- Increased blood perfusion to enhance healing
- Better tissue organization and alignment
- Stimulate fibroblastic proliferation
- Reduced inflammation
- Breakdown scar tissue and fascial restrictions
- Decreasing recovery and treatment time
- Reduced pain levels resulting in better quality of life