Graston Technique is a specialized soft tissue mobilization technique to treat soft tissue injuries using stainless steel instruments. There is much research on the effectiveness of the Graston Technique in healing soft tissue injuries faster, allowing for less pain and improved mobility to return injured athletes to their sport.
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Examples of current research on Graston Technique
From the Journal of Physical Therapy Science
(J. Phys. Ther. Sci. 29: 224–227, 2017)
Immediate effects of Graston Technique on hamstring muscle extensibility and pain intensity in patients with nonspecific low back pain
Jong Hoon Moon, MSc, OT1)a, Jin-Hwa Jung, PhD, OT2)a, Young Sik Won, MS, OT3)*, Hwi-Young Cho, PhD, PT4)*
Abstract. [Purpose] The purpose of this study was to analyze the effect of Graston Technique on hamstring extensibility and pain intensity in patients with nonspecific low back pain. [Subjects and Methods] Twenty-four patients with nonspecific low back pain (27–46 years of age) enrolled in the study. All participants were randomly assigned to one of two groups: Graston technique group (n=12) and a static stretching group (n=12). The Graston Technique was used on the hamstring muscles of the experimental group, while the static stretching group performed static stretching. Hamstring extensibility was recorded using the sit and reach test, and a visual analog scale was used to measure pain intensity. [Results] Both groups showed a significant improvement after intervention. In comparison to the static stretching group, the Graston technique group had significantly more improvement in hamstring extensibility. [Conclusion] The Graston Technique is a simple and effective intervention in nonspecific low back pain patients to improve hamstring extensibility and lower pain intensity, and it would be beneficial in clinical practice.