What is the Graston Technique?
“Graston is an instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM) technique. The technique uses stainless steel instruments that have a 45 degree beveled edge to detect and treat soft tissue restrictions. Runners are susceptible to soft tissue restrictions due to the repetitive and strenuous nature of the sport. Graston is especially helpful for this population to keep them in their sport and recover quicker from injuries, because it is able to be more specific to the location of restriction. This in turn helps a patient heal quicker and more efficiently. Graston is often used in combination with stretching and stabilization exercises to encourage proper engagement of the tissue that is trying to heal and avoid further scar tissue accumulation. This technique is effective on all areas of the body with more common areas of treatment being the feet, IT band, and elbow,” Luci Harris, PT, DPT, OMPT Advanced Physical Therapy Center of Flint Clinic Director.