What is Graston Technique?
Graston Technique® is an evidence-based, innovative form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization that enables MSK Health and Performance practitioners to effectively break down scar tissue and promote healing in damaged tissue. The technique utilizes specially designed stainless steel instruments to detect and treat areas exhibiting soft tissue fibrosis or chronic inflammation.
How does Graston Technique work?
By stroking the surface of the muscles with the curved edges of the Graston instruments, clinicians seek to find and mobilize tight areas of muscle and connective tissue such as fascia, tendon and ligaments. Additionally, Graston Technique can increase healing by increasing blood supply and increasing the activity of fibroblasts, the cells responsible for connective tissue repair.
Published research has demonstrated that healing ligaments treated with Graston Technique were 43% stronger 4 weeks post-injury and had significantly better blood supply compared to the un-treated ligaments.
What makes Graston Technique different?
Unlike many other hand-held massage tools the patented Graston instruments are made from high quality surgical stainless steel. Where other tools diminish what hands can feel, the Graston instruments resonate or transmit the textures of the tissues to the clinician’s hands revealing adhesions and fibrosis within. While the instruments don’t replace the clinicians hands, the instruments will enhance the clinician’s ability to reveal hidden problems.
The curvilinear edges of the metal instruments have a unique mechanical effect on the tissues which are distinctly different from the mechanical effects of hands. This broadens the way in which practitioners can influence your body’s tissues much the way wood-workers use different tools for shaping and smoothing wood.
At MSK Health and Performance Clinic our clinicians may use Graston Technique as a compliment to other hands-on manual therapy techniques, maximizing the potential for a positive outcome.
What types of problems can Graston Technique help with?
• Chronic tendon pain like tennis elbow, rotator cuff syndrome
• Plantar fasciitis
• Shin splints
• Back and neck pain
• Joint sprains
• Muscle strains
• Joint stiffness from arthritis
• Tight muscles/ fascia/ inflexibility
• and more!