Graston Technique®

Rachel Long, PT, DPT

Graston Technique® is a form of manual therapy referred to as IASTM (instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization).  The specialized stainless steel instruments amplify the feel of soft tissue restrictions to the therapist’s hands (similar to how a stethoscope amplifies the sound of a heartbeat) and are designed to detect more subtle soft tissue restrictions.  Combined with exercise and other manual therapy techniques, Graston® is effective in accelerating rehab outcomes.

How it Works

The instruments are used to gently scrape the skin.  This breaks down underlying scar tissue or fascial restrictions usually associated with trauma to the soft tissue (strained muscle, pulled ligament or tendon).  Graston Technique® recreates the body’s normal inflammatory response, therefore accelerating healing of tissues for faster return to function. 

What to Expect After Treatment

Immediately following treatment the patient may notice the skin may appear red, swollen, slightly bruised or have petechiae (red or purple spots due to broken capillaries).  THIS IS NORMAL because we are increasing blood flow to the tissues, however the presence of bruising or pain in not necessary for the treatment to be effective.  The use of ice after treatment can help decrease pain and limit tissue reactivity (bruising).    

Indications for Graston Technique®

  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cervical Sprain/Strain (Neck Pain)
  • Lateral Epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow)
  • Lumbar Strain/Sprain (Back pain)
  • Medial Epicondylitis (Golfer’s Elbow)
  • Patellofemoral Pain (Knee Pain)
  • Plantar Fasciitis (Heel and Foot Pain)
  • Rotator Cuff Tendonitis (Shoulder Pain)
  • Scar Tissue
  • Shin Splints

Not all patients are candidates for Graston Technique® intervention. It is also important to note that it is imperative to combine treatment with corrective exercises. Dr. Rachel Long is specially trained and offering Graston Technique® at our Penn Hills location. If you feel like you could benefit from this treatment, call us today!

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