The Graston Technique is an innovative form of soft tissue work that enables clinicians to effectively break down scar tissue and fascial restrictions. The Graston Technique utilizes specially designed stainless steel instruments or Graston tools to specifically detect and effectively treat areas exhibiting soft tissue fibrosis or chronic inflammation.
Plantar fasciitis (“tendinitis” of the arch of the foot), a common common ailment of both athletes and the general public, is said to be very treatable using the Graston techniques.
Graston treatment can be expensive and painful. The pain comes into play because the tools are used to apply intense, scraping pressure that supposedly cures the affected injury by breaking up scar tissue and fascial restrictions. The tools are claimed to “resonate like a tuning fork,” guiding practitioners like dowsing rods.
The Graston Technique
The Graston Technique uses the Graston tools to effectively detect and treat scar tissue and restrictions that affect normal function.
- Separates and breaks down collagen cross-links, and splays and stretches connective tissue and muscle fibers
- Increases skin temperature
- Facilitates reflex changes in the chronic muscle holding pattern
- Alters spinal reflux activity (facilitated segment)
- Increases the rate and amount of blood flow to and from the area
- Increases cellular activity in the region, including fibroblasts and mast cells
- Increases histamine response secondary to mast cell activity
Graston Technique Competitors
I wrote an article on Gua Sha Technique,who use similar tools made out of hard plastic. These tools offer similar type of treatment, however they will not have that “resonating Tuning Effect” that Graston practitioners claim to have with their tools. The Graston Tools pack a big punch, costing more that $2,000. The Gua Sha Tools are considerably less. I am not sure Graston practitioners will create their tools out of plastics, since that would eliminate the resonating tuning effect that the metal tools have.
Another technique that is referred to as IASTM (Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Massage), has various tools. These tools are also quite expensive ranging from £370, but are quality handmade stainless steel. These can be found at iamtools.co.uk
Graston Technique Website
For more information on the Graston Technique check out their website.
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