Graston is an Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM). Dr. Weitzman utilizes the metal and ceramic instruments (called SASTM and used for Sound Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization), both invented by Graston, for this technique. The Ceramic instruments are much gentler on the affected tissues and have a different feel.
Graston Technique® is a procedure allows us to detect and treat areas of “scar tissue”, or adhesions in muscles, tendons and ligaments that can lead to pain and dysfunction. In the healing process our body attempts to repair muscles, tendons and ligaments with “scar tissue”, much like the scar that forms on the skin when you have scraped or banged your knee. As you can imagine, that scar tissue is not as strong and flexible as normal, healthy, undamaged tissue. Over time we can have a buildup of this fibrous scar tissue, particularly in the muscles, tendons and ligaments that get a lot of use. This can lead to pain and dysfunction because this replacement tissue lacks the strength and flexibility of healthy tissue (in some areas it may even mat down and entrap a nerve).