Graston / IASTM

Graston Technique / IASTM Alexandria, VA

Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) or Graston Technique® (GT) is a therapeutic tool used to perform soft tissue mobilization techniques. IASTM is performed to detect and treat fascial restrictions, encourage rapid localization, and effectively treat areas that show soft tissue fibrosis, chronic inflammation, or degeneration.

IASTM works by breaking down fascial restrictions and scar tissue. The ergonomic design of these instruments provides the clinician with the ability to locate restrictions and allows the clinician to treat the affected area with the appropriate amount of pressure in symptoms free environment.

The introduction of controlled micro-trauma affects the soft tissue structure to cause the stimulation of local inflammatory response and helps the tissue with the remodeling of affected soft tissue. Graston Technique®? is followed up with specific therapeutic exercises to improve tissue loading and healing.

What conditions can be treated with the Graston Technique®?

  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cervicothoracic Sprain/Strain
  • Lateral Epicondylitis
  • Lumbosacral Sprain
  • Medial Epicondylitis
  • Myofascial Pain Syndromes
  • Patellofemoral Disorders
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Post surgeries such as joint replacements, RTC repairs (once post-surgical protocol allows for soft tissue mobilization/manual therapy)
  • Rotator Cuff Tendinitis
  • Scar Tissue/post-surgical scars (once completely closed)
  • Shin Splints
  • Trigger Finger
  • Women’s Health (post-mastectomy and Caesarean scarring)


Graston Technique® can be a highly effective component of a comprehensive physical therapy program. Contact us today at Alexandria, VA center to be scheduled with a Graston Technique® provider.