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Also known as Graston, fascial mobilization involves a therapist “massaging” your skin with bladelike objects that do what your foam roller can’t, pressing the skin ultra-close to the fascia. That lets the therapist more directly affect this tissue.  This helps you recover faster than you would by simply foam-rolling, which is why Graston is popular among pro athletes and bodybuilders.  Graston therapy can loosen tight joints and muscles relatively quickly, especially if you're only slightly out of alignment. It works especially well for tight shoulders if your shoulders are rolled forward because of pectoral tightness.
  • improved body symmetry and alignment
  • increased blood flow, which means faster exercise recovery
  • reduced appearance of stretch marks and cellulite
  • scar tissue breakdown
  • reduced risk of injury
  • less day-to-day pain
  • improved sports performance
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This technique has since been used to help thousands of athletes and weekend warriors, suffering from strained and pulled muscles, ligaments, and tendons. Patients with chronic pain and inflammation have also benefited. Muscles have different fibers and as fibers become tight they build up toxins. With the Graston technique, a stainless-steel instrument and special massage technique are used to identify areas of adhesion that can be improved. The instrument and massage are used in combination to stretch and relax the muscle tissues. This helps increase blood flow and restore movement patterns in injured tissues.
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