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Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) and the Graston Technique

At Memorial Hermann Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation, we use the latest therapies, such as IASTM and the Graston Technique, to help you or your loved one recover from injury, restore lost movement or increase physical performance. No matter your age or level of ability, our physical and occupational therapists provide targeted exercises and interventions to get you back to an active life as quickly as possible.

What is IASTM and the Graston Technique?

IASTM is a soft tissue treatment, or manual therapy, that utilizes various tools to help better mobilize the soft tissue structures, such as muscles and fascia, and also provide input into your brain and nervous system, which can aid in pain reduction and improve function. IASTM includes a variety of instrument-based treatments, including cupping, Hawk Grips, Fascial Abrasion Technique (FAT) and Graston.

The Graston Technique, a method within IASTM, uses six stainless-steel tools to find and target scar tissue and encourage movement and mobilization in injured areas. The rounded-edge tools are rubbed against the grain of the injured tissue to promote healing and blood flow.

Graston is very popular in the United States, and is often used in conjunction with other IASTM methods. Although many of the underlying treatment principles in Graston are the same as other IASTM methods, such as Fascial Abrasion Technique, Graston differs from other soft tissue techniques, such as Active Release, in that a tool is always used rather than manual pressure or physical stimulation.

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IASTM and the Graston Technique: How Do They Work?

When you arrive at Memorial Hermann Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation, a trained member of our physical therapy staff will examine you and assess your needs. If your condition indicates, the therapist may choose to utilize IASTM or Graston to assist in managing your pain, addressing any range of motion loss or improving your movement capability.

Using the Graston Technique, a therapist will first apply lubricant and then move stainless-steel instruments across your skin, targeting areas of concern. The stainless-steel instruments create friction against the scar tissue. You may experience post-treatment redness as a result of the movement across the scar tissue. This temporary redness is attributed to increased blood flow and tissue warmth to the area, which works to aid in overall healing and mobility. You may experience post-treatment redness as a result of this, which temporarily helps increase in blood flow and tissue warmth.

Using the stainless-steel instruments, your therapist can also target tissues to help increase mobility and promote changes in your movement capability. After the treatment, your therapist will discuss home instructions and will likely provide you with a list of exercises to reinforce the positive changes until your next visit.

Benefits of IASTM and the Graston Technique

IASTM and the Graston Technique are excellent methods of rehabilitation for athletes of all ages and skill levels – from triathletes and pro sports players to amateur athletes.
IASTM has been shown to be an effective treatment for a variety of muscle and tendon injuries, as demonstrated by recent research and publications. These reviews found that IASTM therapies, including the Graston Technique, were able to reduce pain, improve soft tissue function and restore range of motion.

At Memorial Hermann Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation, our physical therapists are well-equipped and trained in IASTM methods including the Graston Technique. Keep in mind that aggressive soft tissue techniques on acute (or previously irritated) tissue and areas such as open wounds or tendonitis may not be the best treatment. During your initial assessment, our staff will walk you through treatment options and make the best recommendation based on your pain and symptoms.

Return to Your Daily Routine with Physical Therapy at Memorial Hermann

To learn more about IASTM and the Graston Technique, and to find out if this type of treatment is right for you, use our online ScheduleNow tool for an initial evaluation or contact us here. Don’t let injuries keep you out of the game – schedule your initial physical therapy evaluation today.

 

IASTM Locations

IRONMAN Sports Medicine Institute at the Texas Medical Center
6400 Fannin St
Memorial Hermann Medical Plaza - 16th Floor
Houston, TX 77030
(713) 704-2200 tel
(713) 704-3844 fax
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IRONMAN Sports Medicine Institute Memorial City
10125 Katy Freeway
Suite 101
Houston, TX 77024
(713) 242-2270 tel
(713) 242-3931 fax
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IRONMAN Sports Medicine Institute at Sugar Land
17520 W Grand Parkway South
Suite 100
Sugar Land, TX 77479
(281) 725-5895 tel
(281) 725-5898 fax
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Memorial Hermann Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation – Atascocita
18411 W. Lake Houston Pkwy
Suite 550
Humble, TX 77346
713-814-2520
713-704-3891
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Memorial Hermann Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation – Baseball USA
2626 West Sam Houston Pkwy N
Houston, TX 77043
(713) 996-9209 tel
(713) 996-0215 fax
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Memorial Hermann Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation – Conroe
2956 Interstate 45 N
#500
Conroe, TX 77303
(936) 441-4422 tel
(936) 441-4427 fax
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Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation - Convenient Care Center in Kingwood
4533 Kingwood Dr.
Level 1, Ste 100
(Located on Kingwood Dr. behind Torchy's Tacos)
Kingwood, TX 77345
832-658-4310 tel
713-704-2763 fax
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Memorial Hermann Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation - Convenient Care Center at League City
2555 S. Gulf Frwy
(Turn right on Pinnacle Park Drive to access facility)
League City, TX 77573
832-932-9820 tel
832-932-9825 fax
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Memorial Hermann Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation - Convenient Care Center in Spring
7474 N Grand Pkwy W, Ste 300
(Located at Grand Pkwy & Kuykendahl, immediately before Public Storage)
Spring, TX 77379
(281) 374-5440 tel
(281) 374-5445 fax
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Memorial Hermann Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation - Convenient Care Center in Summer Creek
14201 E. Sam Houston Pkwy. North
(Beltway feeder road at W. Lake Houston Parkway near Summer Creek HS)
Houston, TX 77044
(281) 436-8900 tel
(281) 436-8901 fax
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Memorial Hermann Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation – Cypress
27700 Northwest Freeway, Suite 130
Cypress, TX 77433
(346) 231-6900 tel
(346) 231-6901 fax
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Memorial Hermann Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation – Fall Creek
9522 N/ Sam Houston Pkwy East
Suite 2350
Humble, TX 77396
713-814-2510 tel
713-704-3890 fax
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Memorial Hermann Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation – Greater Heights
300 North Loop
#300
Houston, TX 77008
(713) 867-2300 tel
(713) 867-2545 fax
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Memorial Hermann Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation – Greenway Plaza/Upper Kirby
3651 Weslayan St
#110
Houston, TX 77027
(713) 850-8472 tel
(713) 850-8490 fax
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Memorial Hermann Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation – Katy
23960 Katy Fwy
Suite #100
Katy, TX 77494
(281) 644-7880 tel
(281) 644-7888 fax
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Memorial Hermann Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation – Mid County
3512 Hwy 365
Nederland, TX 77627
(409) 722-7116 tel
(409) 722-7450 fax
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Memorial Hermann Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation – Northeast
18951 N Memorial Dr
Humble, TX 77338
(281) 540-0113 tel
(281) 540-1378 fax
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Memorial Hermann Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation – Pasadena
4804 E Sam Houston Pkwy S
#200
Pasadena, TX 77505
(281) 487-4457 tel
(281) 991-0336 fax
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Memorial Hermann Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation – Pearland East
5032 W Broadway St
Pearland, TX 77581
(281) 485-4044 tel
(281) 485-4081 fax
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Memorial Hermann Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation – Pearland West – Silverlake Village
3149 Silverlake Village Dr
#120
Pearland, TX 77584
(713) 436-8869 tel
(713) 436-1838 fax
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Memorial Hermann Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation – Richmond
1517 Thompson Rd
Richmond, TX 77469
(281) 238-1372 tel
(281) 342-1320 fax
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Memorial Hermann Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation – Shepherd Square
2085 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77098
(713) 526-6143 tel
(713) 527-8215 fax
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Memorial Hermann Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation - South Conroe
690 South Loop 336 West
#120
Conroe, TX 77304
(936) 270-6020 tel
(936) 270-6025 fax
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Memorial Hermann Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation – Southeast Medical Plaza I
11914 Astoria Blvd
#620
Houston, TX 77089
(281) 929-4475 tel
(281) 929-6276 fax
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Memorial Hermann Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation – Southwest
7789 Southwest Fwy
#570
Houston, TX 77074
(713) 456-5221 tel
(713) 456-5229 fax
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Memorial Hermann Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation – Spring Sports Park
19711 Stuebner Airline Rd.
Suite 2
Spring, TX 77379
(832) 658-5470 tel
(832) 658-5475 fax
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Memorial Hermann Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation – Sugar Land
17520 W Grand Pkwy South
#100
Sugar Land, TX 77479
(281) 725-5895 tel
(281) 725-5898 fax
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Memorial Hermann Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation – Town & Country
700 Town & Country Blvd
#2490
Houston, TX 77024
(832) 658-3150 tel
(713) 722-7051 fax
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Memorial Hermann Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation – Webster
19419-3 Gulf Freeway
Webster, TX 77598
(281) 488-2815 tel
(281) 488-2844 fax
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Memorial Hermann Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation – Williams Trace
14857 Southwest Fwy
#C-303
Sugar Land, TX 77478
(281) 242-8900  tel
(281) 242-0355 fax
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Memorial Hermann Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation – Willowbrook
19760 Texas 249
Houston, TX 77070
(281) 469-9397 tel
(281) 469-9756 fax
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Memorial Hermann Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation – The Woodlands Medical Center Medical Plaza 4
Medical Plaza 4
9180 Pinecroft Drive #200
The Woodlands, TX 77380
(713) 897-2549 tel
(713) 897-2544 fax
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