Graston and Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization is a form of soft tissue technique that is often used in conjunction with Active Release Techniques®. It uses specifically designed stainless steel instruments to help the practitioner identify and break down scar tissue within the musculoskeletal system.
The goal of Graston Technique is to separate and break down scar tissue, as well as stretch connective tissue and muscle fibers. Using a cross-friction massage, rubbing against the grain of the scar tissue, the practitioner re-introduces very small amounts of trauma to the affected area. This temporarily causes inflammation in the local area, which thereby increases the rate and amount of blood flow in and around the area. This process helps initiate and promote the healing process of the affected soft tissues.