Graston Technique & Instrument-Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM)
The Graston Technique and Instrument-Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization are techniques in which a clinician uses specialized stainless steel instruments to effectively release scar tissue and/or other soft tissue restrictions. This helps to decrease pain and improve range of motion to restore normal muscle function.
Some common conditions that respond well to the Graston Technique include:
- Hamstring strains
- Medial epicondylitis (thrower’s elbow)
- Lateral epicndylitis (tennis elbow)
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Plantar fasciitis
- Post-surgical scar tissue
- Neck and back strain/sprains
- Shin splints
- IT band syndrome
These techniques are performed by occupational therapists, physical therapists, physical therapy assistants and athletic trainers with specialized training.