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IASTM - Graston Treatment: Definition, Theory & Treatment

What is Graston Technique?

Graston technique is desgined to break down scar tisue by producing microtraumas in hopes of creating inflammation to kickstart the healing process. However, by creating more inflammation, Graston may be causing less benefits than currently believed. 

Graston Technique Theory

According to Spine-health, “Patients are advised they may be sore, bruised, or exhibit small red dots over the area treated, called petechiae.” By stating that patient’s may be sore after Graston treatment, it highlights that this IASTM technique is likely promoting further damage instead of rehabilitation. 

Bruising and soreness is indicative of inflammation, which results in the creation of more scar tissue. By increasing inflammation, the muscles become stuck in a cycle of inflammation and proliferation, never reaching full maturation and healing. 

The tools used in Graston technique appear to promote more harmful effects than benefits towards the patient. By doing so, this IASTM technique is working directly against the principle of “Do no harm.” By causing bruising and inflammation, it is likely that Graston is causing more harm than good. 

Effective IASTM Treatment

ASTR treatment understands the healing cycle and how to properly work through inflammation and proliferation to reach the final maturation phase. Using more specialized maneuevers and more comfortable tools for both the patient and the therapist, ASTR benefits its patients and promotes proper healing of scar tissue. 

ASTR treats muscle & joint pain in a gentle, effective, and natural way by addressing muscle imbalances, scar tissue, trigger points, fascia restrictions, inflammation, posture, body mechanics which are often the source of the pain. ASTR takes a holistic approach to address the root causes of pain, not just the symptoms. ASTR treatment can be done at home for muscle & joint pain

ASTR IASTM/ Graston/ Gua Sha
Long-term results X
Ergonomically designed X
Pain-free treatment X
Superficial scar tissue release
Deep scar tissue release X
Myofascial release X
Trigger point release X
Decrease inflammation X
Exercise protocols X
Treatment protocols X
Biopsychosocial model X

ASTR Is Different Than Graston Treatment

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ASTR Exceptionally Different

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