The patented, stainless steel hand tools used in Graston Technique augment the ways a physical therapist can access and work on painful body parts. Used to comb over the body and locate problem areas, the non-invasive tools also are also used to break up painful muscle knots, fascia restrictions, and scar tissue through intense cross-friction manual massage that increases blood flow and healing.
The technique is used in conjunction with warm-up exercises and a follow-up program of stretching and strengthening. Occasional post-treatment soreness is treated with ice.
Graston Technique can be used on a wide range of chronic, acute and post-surgical conditions, as determined by Physical Therapist Shane Bauer, who has been certified in the technique since 2009. Elite athletes and many professional sports teams prefer this technique for relieving pain and increasing mobility quickly.