The Graston Technique ® incorporates a patented form of instrument-assisted soft tissue treatment and mobilization. It enables clinicians to effectively detect and treat scar tissue and restrictions that affect normal function. Skilled clinicians use the stainless steel instruments (6) to comb over and “catch” on fibrotic tissue, which immediately identifies the areas of restriction. Once the tissue has been identified, the instruments are used to break up the scar tissue so it can be absorbed by the body.
The technique serves to:
Separate and break down collagen cross-links, and splays and stretches connective tissue and muscle fibers
Increase skin temperature
Facilitate reflex changes in the chronic muscle holding pattern
Alter spinal reflux activity
Increases the rate and amount of blood flow to and from the area
Increases cellular activity in the region and histamine response