The Graston Technique is a physical therapy method that utilizes an instrument to manipulate the soft tissues. It is a special form of manual therapy that massages and scrapes the skin to identify areas where movement is restricted and address scar tissue.
There are six tools used to perform the Graston Technique. They are made of stainless steel, have rounded edges, and are both concave and convex-shaped. The different tools are utilized in specific areas of the body and are rubbed or brushed against the area of interest to promote blood flow. Increased blood flow will help the area to heal faster.
The Graston Technique is performed by physical therapy providers and is used to treat a number of conditions including plantar fasciitis, shin splints, muscle sprains or strains, and other injuries.