Graston Technique

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Graston Technique (GT) is a trademarked therapeutic method for diagnosing and treating disorders of the skeletal muscles and related connective tissue. The method employs a collection of six stainless steel tools of particular shape and size, which are used by practitioners to rub [1] patients' muscles in order to detect and resolve adhesions in the muscles and tendons.[2] Practitioners must be licensed by the parent corporation (Graston Technique, LLC.) in order to use the Graston Technique trademark or the patented instruments.[3]

Several examples of Graston treatment have been used in contact sports where scars and contusions are common.[4] However, the Graston Technique has not been rigorously scientifically tested and its evidence basis and assumptions are considered questionable at best. There are no high quality clinical trials that validate the efficacy of the Graston Techniques.[5]

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  1. ^ Zachary Lewis (2012). "Graston Technique gives muscles a sharp workout: Stretching Out". 
  2. ^ About the Graston Technique, retrieved 2008-10-11 
  3. ^ US 5231977, Graston, "Tools and method for performing soft tissue massage", issued 3 August 1993 
  4. ^ Lauzon, L (2013-03-15). "Joe Lauzon chooses the Graston Technique for combat injury treatment". Retrieved 2013-03-15. 
  5. ^ Hall, H (2009-12-29). "The Graston Technique – Inducing Microtrauma with Instruments". Retrieved 2010-01-09.