Originally developed by athletes and used by practitioners since 1994, the Graston Technique (GT) is a leading method in IASTM (Instrument Resisted Soft Tissue Mobilization). It is used by athletic trainers, hand therapists, OT’s, PT’s, acupuncturists and chiropractors to treat soft tissue injuries and inflammation.

Using stainless steel tools, practitioners slide across painful or tissue restricted areas. If the sensation of gravel or sand is felt, the tools are manipulated over and around this area to aid in release and breakup of scar tissue and fascial restrictions. It is a non-invasive and medication free technique.

GT is clinically proven for faster and better outcomes for acute and chronic conditions. Examples of these include carpal tunnel, plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis, fibromyalgia, shin splints, rotator cuff injuries, trigger point release and breakdown of scar tissue. Patient benefits include decreased treatment time, faster recovery/rehab time, decreased need for supplemental anti-inflammatories, and complete resolution of stubborn chronic conditions and increased range of motion.

This technique is recognized worldwide and used by such organizations as professional sports teams, healthcare providers (ie Kaiser Permanente), industry and entertainment (Cirque du Soleil, Disneyland Entertainment) and the military (Army, Navy, Airforce and VA Medical Center).

Common Questions About Graston Technique

  • Will I bruise or feel sore during or after the treatment?

    Areas receiving GT may be tender during treatment but your practitioner is able to adjust pressure and intensity to your comfort level.

    Bruising following treatment is rare and not painful but there may be some discoloration at the treatment site.

    Soreness may occur following treatments but are short lived, normally lasting a day or two. Patients describe it as feeling sore similar to post workout soreness.

  • How many treatments will I need?

    2 treatments per week usually for 4-5 weeks. Positive results can be felt after one treatment but some patients require more.

I am a very physically active person and was suffering from low back/hip pain of unknown origin. Diane recommended the Graston Technique. After just sessions I have 90% relief. I would highly Diane and this technique. Linda L., Pacific Beach

I play a lot of contact sports and found the Graston treatments to work amazingly well at reducing inflammation and pain in my shoulder, hip and knees. Diane is very knowledgeable and professional. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her to anyone with soft tissue and joint problems. Marcelo D., La Jolla

Diane Bousquin specializes in the Graston Technique. She sees impressive results on a wide range of soft tissue injuries and pain complaints and is personally very happy with these outcomes. For more information or to book an evaluation/appointment please call or text Diane at 619-808-1099.

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