What is Graston Technique?
Graston technique is a Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Manipulation (IASTM), basically manual therapy but instead of hands clinicians sue instruments. This allows for deeper tissue contact versus the clinicians hand. IASTM effectively treats soft tissue conditions, allowing for increased blood flow and myofascial release.
Does it really work?
According to an article from the Journal of Novel Physiotherapies, there have been case reports demonstrating the positive outcomes for Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Manipulation. The include chronic calf pain, ankle pain, plantar fasciitis, Trigger thumb, tendinopathies and other conditions. Additionally, a systematic review done by Physical Therapy Reviews journal stated that IASTM provides a improvement on the flexibility of the tissues, an increase in blood flow, a reduction of viscosity in the tissues, and pain receptor interruption. This systematic review suggests that IASTM can be an effective treatment in improving function and/or reducing pain in less than a 3 month period. *
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