The Graston Technique is a form of manual therapy known as instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization.
In 1994, the technique was utilized in an outpatient clinic in Indianapolis. For 5 years, outcome data was gathered on acute and chronic injuries. The clinic found success with treatment and now the company has focused its attention on training and educating clinicians.
There are 6 core tools made of stainless steel which have rounded edges. These tools scan over and detect areas of injury or areas of ‘muscle tightness’. The technique is focused on increasing blood flow to the area in order to initiate and promote healing of soft tissues
The goal of this technique is to reduce your pain and increase function by:
- Breaking down scar tissue and fascia restrictions
- Reducing restrictions by stretching connective tissue
- Promoting a better healing environment for the injured tissue
By reducing restrictions and breaking down scar tissue, it will improve range of motion and allow you to move more efficiently!
The Gaston Technique allows for increased blood flow to the injured area, which leads to increased oxygen supply to the muscles and other soft tissue and increases healing nutrients to the site. Ultimately, it can reduce healing times!