The Graston Technique® is the most popular form of instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM) used today, and is now utilized by more than 22,650 clinicians worldwide. It is an alternative approach from manual soft tissue mobilizations that allows physical therapists to induce microtrauma into specific areas with myofascial restrictions, soft tissue fibrosis and other abnormal tissue densities. This is done using specifically designed stainless steel instruments with the intention to create a natural inflammatory response to promote healing in a given area.
As a solitary treatment, the Graston Technique® has proven to offer many benefits. It provides a more indicative way for the physical therapist to identify restrictions within the kinetic chain of connective tissue. With this treatment accuracy, its been proven to have a therapeutic benefit for many different conditions.
- Trigger Points
- Achilles Tendinopathy
- Limited Joint Range Of Motion
Along with the above circumstances, using the Graston Technique® can benefit patients with a multitude of other conditions, including:
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If you find yourself with pain, discomfort or movement limitations, then the Graston Technique® may be for you. Feel free to contact Premier Physical Therapy to learn more about this technique. Our skilled physical therapists can get you on a road to recovery!
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