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About the Graston Technique®

Since 1994, Graston Technique® (GT) has been the leading modality in Instrument-Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM). GT enables clinicians to effectively address scar tissue and fascial restrictions and maintain optimal range of motion and connective tissue function in their patients through comprehensive training and education. GT is clinically proven to achieve faster and better outcomes for acute and chronic conditions such as Achilles Tendonitis, Carpal Tunnel, Adhesive Capsulitis, IT Band Syndrome, Lumbar Strain and Plantar Fasciitis. Visit the Graston Technique website


Graston Technique® Courses

Graston Technique®: Treating the Sensitive Nervous System Part 1 - Neuroscience Background and Evaluation
presented by Jacqueline Shakar

In this two part series, Jackie Shakar, DPT, MS, OCS, LAT, describes a multimodal intervention approach to the sensitive nervous system. The intervention incorporates Graston Technique, pain neuroscience education, and a neurodevelopmental approach to movement re-education. In Part 1 of the series, theories of pain neuroscience in light of the most recent evidence, and the evaluation of patients with chronic pain will be covered. The course begins with a discussion of the concept of pain neuroscience education (PNE) in light of emerging evidence and the pain vs. tissue damage concept. Next, Dr. Shakar describes evidence-based treatment principles in light of the latest pain neuroscience research. The course concludes with a discussion and demonstration of evidence-based evaluation and outcomes measurement. Learn more


Graston Technique®: Treating the Sensitive Nervous System Part 2 - Manual Therapy and Complimentary Interventions
presented by Jacqueline Shakar

In this two part series, Jackie Shakar, DPT, MS, OCS, LAT, describes a multimodal intervention approach to the sensitive nervous system. The intervention incorporates Graston Technique, pain neuroscience education, and a neurodevelopmental approach to movement re-education. In Part 2 of the series, Dr. Shakar discusses and demonstrates evidence-based interventions for patients with a sensitive nervous system. The main intervention approach for this population described in this course is manual therapy via the Graston Technique. Participants will be shown how to alter basic strokes and dosage parameters when treating patients with sensitive nervous systems. Alternative interventions such as aerobic exercise, sleep hygiene, stress management, relaxation, meditation, yoga, affirmations/positive thinking, and joy/laughter will also be discussed. Learn more


Achilles Tendinosis and Graston Technique®: Evidence-Based Treatment
presented by Mike Ploski

This is part of a series on the Graston Technique® (GT) that will focus on the use of the GT on Achilles Tendinosis. This course is designed to discuss the current evidence related to the histology of tendinosis, the theoretical research related to the tenocyte progenitor cell, the principles related to dynaments and the importance of a global assessment. The participant will be introduced to the protocol, treatment goals, and how to treat Achilles Tendinosis using the GT progression during different phases of recovery. To learn more, take the other GT offerings on MedBridge, Patellar Tendinosis and Graston Technique®: Evidence-Based Treatment and Graston Technique® and Movement Dysfunction. Learn more


Patellar Tendinosis and Graston Technique®: Evidence-Based Treatment
presented by Mike Ploski

This is part of a series on the Graston Technique® (GT). This course will focus on the use of the GT on Patellar Tendinosis. This course is designed to discuss the current evidence related to the histology of tendinosis, the theoretical research related to the tenocyte progenitor cell, the principles related to dynaments and the importance of a global assessment. The participant will be introduced to the protocol, goals of treatment, how to treat Patellar Tendinosis and the rationale for the GT progression during the different phases of recovery. To learn more, take the other Graston Technique® offerings on MedBridge, Achilles Tendinosis and Graston Technique®: Evidence-Based Treatment and Graston Technique® and Movement Dysfunction. Learn more


Graston Technique®: Treating Movement Dysfunction through Functional Testing, Graston Technique® and Adjunctive Therapies
presented by Jacqueline Shakar

In this course, presented by Jackie Shakar of the Graston Technique®, using a case study mode of presentation, patients with movement dysfunction of the upper and lower quarter will be evaluated using a functional testing approach that highlights the principles of regional interdependence. The Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) and a detailed assessment of posture and breathing according to principles of the Postural Restoration Institute are included. A review of relevant anatomy with a focus on current research concerning connective tissue and fascia and its response to manual therapy and exercise therapies is included. A detailed plan of care will be presented which emphasizes the inclusion of manual and instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization via the Graston Technique® as it is applied statically then with 3D movement, load and provocation. Corrective exercise strategies that are determined based on the results of functional testing are included via demonstration and laboratory practice. Adjunctive therapies that complement the use of the Graston Technique® including neural flossing, kinesiology taping and self myofascial release techniques are included with respect to current available evidence regarding their effectiveness. Learn more


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