Graston / IASTM
This technique also includes Graston technique and cupping. IASTM is a process in which the Physical Therapist uses a set of hand held instruments to break down the scar tissue and fascial restrictions in soft tissues (muscles, ligaments, tendons, fascia, and nerves).
The tools are used to find and treat the restricted areas by causing controlled microtrauma. This will stimulate a local inflammatory response, which initiates reabsorption of excessive scar tissue and facilitates the body’s natural healing process. Adhesions within the soft tissue that may have developed as a result of surgery, immobilization, or repetitive strain, are broken down, allowing the patient to regain function and decrease pain.