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What is Graston Technique?


Graston Technique (GT) is a research-based method of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM) that enables clinicians to effectively detect abnormal soft tissue and fascial restrictions. GT uses specially designed instruments with unique treatment edges to deliver an effective means of treatment. The use of GT instruments, when combined with appropriate rehabilitative exercise, helps to improve range of motion, reduce pain, and restore normal function.

How does it work?

GT instruments are made from stainless steel which works to detect and amplify the tactile feels of soft tissue restrictions into the hands of the clinician, similar to how a stethoscope works to amplify the sound of a heartbeat. Skilled clinicians use these instruments to "comb" over any irregular fibrotic tissue, which immediately identifies area(s) of restriction. Once the tissue has been identified, the instruments are then used to treat the abnormal tissue.


What are the benefits of using Graston?

• Improve myofascial mobility
• Interrupt pain receptors
• Improve tissue length
• Assist in remodeling and repair of dysfunctional tissue
• Faster recovery
• Able to treat athletes in a dynamic functional sports specific position
• Improved patient satisfaction

Want to learn more? The Queen's Center for Sports Medicine provides comprehensive care for the treatment and prevention of sports injuries and conditions in athletes and active people of all ages.  For more information, or to schedule an appointment, call 808-691-4449& or click the button below.

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Lambert, et al. The effects of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization compared to other interventions on pain and function: a systematic review. Journal of Physical Therapy Reviews. March 2017. Vol 22; 76-85.


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