Learn more about the Graston Technique & Astym Therapy

How Does the Graston Technique® & Astym Therapy Work?

Injury or surgery can lead to the development of scar tissue or adhesions. It is made up of fibrous tissue and is usually less flexible than the original tissue. This scarring may appear raised, thickened, or discolored. Depending on its location, it may restrict movement, cause pain, or limit the function of the affected area.

The Graston Technique® and Astym therapy are effective methods for breaking down this tissue and finding relief from pain and immobility. The Graston Technique® utilizes six different stainless-steel instruments in different shapes that contour to different curves of the body. As a similar therapy, Astym uses three ergonomically-designed tools made of hard plastic. The different types of devices allow physical and occupational therapists to isolate and target specific tissues in various areas of the body.

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Using these devices, a therapist applies pressure to the skin and gently pulls the device over the underlying soft tissues. These techniques relieve tightness and restriction in the tissue while also wearing away at scar tissue. The Graston® or Astym techniques can be especially effective in areas where scar tissue has formed due to injury or surgery. 

The amount of pressure applied during treatment is customized to different patient tolerances. While some experience sensitivity during the early stages of treatment, this typically reduces or even goes away over time. Discover the benefits and uses of these treatments with Moreau Physical Therapy.

Benefits of the Graston Technique

The Graston Technique® and Astym are forms of manual therapy that help alleviate pain and improve mobility while increasing blood flow, reducing inflammation, and promoting healing. 

These therapeutic techniques can help patients regain the ability to perform daily tasks that may be inhibited by pain. By breaking down scar tissue, boosting cellular activity, and improving mobility and blood flow, patients can experience an improved quality of life. 

From getting back to sports and exercise to simply living each day pain-free, the Graston Technique® and Astym therapy provides patients with non-surgical solutions for healing.

Common Conditions Treated

The Graston Technique® and Astym treatments can help provide relief from:

  • Ankle and Heel Pain
  • Neck, Shoulder, and Back Pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Tennis or Golfer’s Elbow
  • Trigger Finger
  • Hamstring Injuries
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • And More

What to Expect From Treatment

Before beginning treatment, your therapist may recommend a short warmup with cardiovascular activity. They may also apply heat treatment to help soothe your soft tissues. Your therapist will then use the appropriate device for your treatment area to rub and massage the tissue. Throughout your session, your therapist will adjust the amount of pressure and speed of the treatment to your needs. 

Treatment typically lasts up to one hour though the actual Graston Techinique® and Astym treatment takes much less time—about 10 minutes—depending on the patient’s pain tolerance. To achieve optimal results, patients may require multiple treatments over a few weeks. Patients may experience some bruising, redness, or soreness post-treatment, though this is typically short-lived. Ice may be applied for up to 20 minutes to help alleviate discomfort. 

Follow treatment with therapist-recommended exercises and stretching to help strengthen your tissues and encourage full rehabilitation.

Schedule Your Evaluation Today

Could you benefit from the Graston Technique® or Astym therapy? Start with a professional evaluation from our skilled therapists. Send us a message to request an appointment or call us at 85-LIVE-MORE (855-483-6673).