Myofascial therapy: Instrument assisted/Graston Technique

Updated: Mar 18, 2020


The general goals of the therapy are to reduce the patient's pain and increase function through a combination of:

  • Breaking down the scar tissue and fascia restrictions that are usually associated with some form of trauma to the soft tissue (e.g., a strained muscle or a pulled ligament, tendon, or fascia).

  • Reducing restrictions by stretching connective tissue in an attempt to rearrange the structure of the soft tissue being treated (e.g., muscle, fascia, tendons, ligaments).

  • See Myofascial Therapy for the Treatment of Acute and Chronic Pain

Promoting a better healing environment for the injured soft tissue.

There also appears to be a neurologic benefit to treating patients with this therapy. This response is similar to that involved with other manual therapies. The literature suggests that when a patient is given manual or instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM) therapy, certain nerve fibers are activated. Additionally, the body's position sense organs, such as mechanoreceptors and proprioceptors, seem to respond to these forms of treatment.

At Spine Rehab Chiropractic: Burbank we offer graston along with chiropractic adjustments to maximize the healing process.

Refer to the photo:

a. Normal MCL

b. Injured MCL after 4 weeks without treatment

c. Injuries MCL after 4 weeks with instrument assisted therapy