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.