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Graston/Gua Sha Technique
The Graston Technique incorporates a form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization that enables clinicians to effectively detect and treat scar tissue and restrictions that affect normal function.

The technique separates and breaks down collagen cross-links, and splays and stretches connective tissue and muscle fibers; increases skin temperature; facilitates reflex changes in the chronic muscle holding pattern; alters spinal reflux activity (facilitated segment); increases the rate and amount of blood flow to and from the area; increases cellular activity in the region, including fibroblasts and mast cells; and increases histamine response secondary to mast cell activity.

Gua Sha is a healing technique used in Asia by practitioners of Traditional Medicine which uses similar tools and techniques and has similar functions as the Graston Technique.