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Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) is a not-so-new trend in the management of adhesions and scar tissue formation. Adhesions develop between layers of muscle, ligaments and fascia and can be visualized as inflammation hardening after a period of about 4 weeks. Scar tissue formation can occur after surgery, traumatic injury or repetitive use. Our doctors are certified to use the Graston Technique® and RockBlades to diagnose and treat adhesions, scar tissue and areas of painful muscle, ligament, and joint injuries.

Am I a candidate for the Graston Technique?

Many repetitive stress or chronic injuries such as carpal tunnel, tennis elbow, tendonitis, shin splints, shoulder impingement and plantar fasciitis respond to the Graston Technique within just a few treatments. The Graston Technique has been shown to speed and direct healing of acute and traumatic injuries including sprains and strains. 

How it works
  • Graston Technique® helps the doctor detect fibrosis under the skin within layers of muscle, ligament and fascia

  • Treatment includes either gently or vigorously ‘scraping’ the 45 degree beveled edge of stainless steel instruments on the skin. Additionally we use a lubricant of beeswax emollient or pain-relieving gel to help the instrument glide

  • Pressure ranges from light to deep depending on the area of the body and severity of the injury

  • Treatment lasts about 3-5 minutes in each area

The Graston Technique benefits the patient by:
  • Decreasing overall time of treatment

  • Fostering faster rehabilitation/recovery

  • Reducing the need for anti-inflammatory medication

  • Resolving chronic conditions thought to be permanent

  • Continuing to engage in everyday activities

How many treatments can I expect?

We try to keep the number of IASTM treatments to about 4-6. Many patients will experience relief after just one session. When treating a new or chronic injury within a short period of time (2-3 weeks) we notice diminishing returns when treating more than 6 times. When treating an area to prevent recurrence, we recommend a session about every 4-6 weeks.


Combined Treatments

Combining IASTM with Adjustments, RockTape and/or Infrared Laser can speed healing even more. Additionally, the NormaTec Pulse Compression System is a great add-on to heal faster.


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For more information on the Graston Technique including anatomical representation of therapeutic benefits please visit Please call Washington Park Chiropractic today to schedule a consultation at 303-744-7100.

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