Graston/Astym Technique®

What Is Graston/Astym Technique?

Graston Technique, a type of manual physical therapy, is an innovative, patented form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization that enables physical therapists to break down scar tissue and fascial restrictions effectively. The technique utilizes patented stainless steel instruments, uniquely shaped to treat different areas of the body. Graston Technique® (GT), although non-invasive, allows the clinician to get as deep into the tissue as necessary to invoke change, yet be sensitive to patient tolerance. As the GT instrument slides across adhered fibers, it pulls the fibers to the side and releases them. Over time, this process generally will reduce or eliminate the pain associated with it.

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How Does It Work?

The Technique involves a more in-depth and intense version of manual physical therapy. Our specially trained therapists use the technique to find muscle restrictions and knots by running the tool over the skin to feel for scar or fibrous tissue that cut be causing your pain and limiting your movement. The technique helps to break up tissue and helps restore function and mobility.

What Are The Most Common Conditions Treated Effectively?

  • Ankle/Heel Pain
  • Neck Pain
  • Wrist Pain
  • Hamstring Injuries
  • Hip Pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • IT Band
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Knee Pain
  • Golfers Elbow
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Back Pain
  • Shin Splints
  • Scar Tissue
  • Trigger Finger

What Are The Most Common Conditions And What To Expect From Treatment?

Manual therapy treatment for example of low back pain usually ranges from 1 to 10 visits over a few weeks. Patients who undergo the Graston/Astyn Technique can expect the following:

Before Treatment

  • Our therapist recommend 5 minutes of cardiovascular activity such as walking on a treadmill or stationary bike before your treatment
  • A heat treatment may be applied to the injured area to warm up the soft tissue before treatment

The Treatment

  • Our therapist will utilize the appropriate Graston Technique instruments to scan, treat the affected painful area
  • The treatment typically consists of the therapist rubbing the affected areas with a handheld stainless instrument
  • The treatment usually lasts about 30 to 60 minutes
  • Some patients will experience some mild discomfort during the treatment

After The Treatment

  • You may be sore, bruised and have small red dots on the treated area; these little dots are called petechiae
  • If any soreness after the treatment, apply ice for 15 to 20 minutes to ease any discomfort
  • An exercise, stretching and strengthening program is highly recommended in conjunction with the Graston/Astym Technique to fully rehabilitate the affected area and facilitate healing of the injured tissue.
  • Many patients will comment on an increased range of motion and reduced pain immediately after the first treatment