WHAT IT IS
Graston Technique® is an instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM or “A-stim”) that enables clinicians to effectively break down scar tissue and fascial restrictions. The technique utilizes specially designed stainless steel instruments to specifically detect and effectively treat areas suffering from soft tissue fibrosis or chronic inflammation. These problems – “Trigger Points” – create adhesions that limit function. Removing these myofascial adhesions permits increased mobility, improved function, and can release nerve entrapments.
Six stainless steel instruments are used in the Graston Technique®. Using a slick (and lovely) coconut-oil based lubricant, they slide on the body and essentially comb the tissues. The smoothly beveled and curved edges of the patented Graston Technique® instruments combine with their concave/convex shapes to mold the instruments around contours of the body. The design allows for ease of treatment and maximum tissue penetration. Most of my patients find this therapy very rewarding and now ask for it in their treatment plans. In acute cases, the treatment feels deeply appropriate and specific – and results can be almost immediate. In chronic condition therapies – like treating old scars – treatment feels like a dedicated “deep tissue” massage, delivered in a considerably shorter time frame and easily repeatable. This produces results in shorter time, at a lower cost.
HIGH VALUE LOW COST
At Blue Heron Chiropractic, Graston myofascial release technique treatments are always provided in conjunction with a chiropractic adjustment. A single Graston Technique treatment can add a $35 fee to a single treatment for the first treatment, and $15 for additional sequenced treatments. The treatment is best performed in packages, and if you can commit to a three-treatment sequence, over time those treatments work out to $22 each. Insurance typically does not cover Graston technique when it is applied in conjunction with other therapies.
Clinicians receive special training towards certification in order to perform Graston Technique®. Doctor Sibilla is a certified Advanced provider. Here are some testimonials about the technique, from real patients, some of whom are Olympic athletes.
Request an appointment and ask for this Graston Technique therapy as an add-on to your chiropractic care today.