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Looking for Used Graston Tools or Graston Instruments for sale?

Looking for Used Graston Tools or Graston Instruments for sale?

They’re hard to find, but we’ll show you that you may be better off with an alternative brand anyway.

Graston tools or Graston Instruments have gained popularity with big therapy clinics and sports teams in the past two decades, because the fundamental principle behind their use- improving access to anatomical structures- really does improve outcomes for myofascial and sports injuries.   The only problem with this picture was the restrictive nature of the technique, either by educational mandates (restricting education to set protocols and proprietary terminology) or prohibitive cost (rolling the tools & training into one very expensive package).

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Looking at the picture above you can see that the simple “shapes” of the tools pictured on the Left represent the popular name brand.   But, have you ever thought an alternative could give you more profile features, be more ergonomic, and cost way less?   The tools pictured on the Right have integral ergonomics in the form of balance points and finger hollows among other improvements.

The truth is, if you’ve got the time to wait for a seminar to roll around, and plenty of cash in your pocket there is nothing wrong going the big name route.   What is wrong (what I hear often from physical therapy, sports medicine, and chiropractic students) is the weird idea that you cannot practice a tool based soft tissue technique, or you won’t have the proper training if you decide to follow a different protocol or use an alternative instrument brand.   What?   All the years of training you did and all the knowledge you have about treating myofascial conditions hasn’t prepared you to apply a simple edge tool to a case of lateral epicondylitis or patellar tendonitis?

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The M2 Tool is being used for a scanning stroke in the patellar tendon. 

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Treatment into the lateral triceps can often help relieve tension in the wrist extensors. 

For those who know better, it’s a simple choice.   You can go the used graston tools route (if you can find them) and advertize the big brand name.   Or, you can integrate tool assisted approaches with soft tissue techniques you already know, and look at an alternative tool brand that may give you better features while saving you some cash (quite a bit, actually).   If you’re set on used graston instruments, then read no further- the rest of this article will discuss the benefits of making the other choice.

Many clinicians and students feel “cost” is a real deal breaker, which is why they’ve/you’ve ended up reading this.   But, before we continue to the clinical side of things, let’s get one misconception about cost out of the way…That is, that paying less for stainless steel myofascial tools will give you a compromise in functionality or quality.   This assumption is true about many comparisons in life, but when it comes to this little arena there are several alternative brands that offer equal or better instrument quality.   How do I know?   Because I’ve thoroughly tested and inspected nearly all the big brands and alternative brands out there.

Finish quality is paramount in a clinical setting.   First for patient comfort, the edge must be finished with a high polish.   From a physics point of view the edge polish is vitally important to allow a low coefficient of friction as it glides over the skin.   After edge polish you will want the “flats” and “bevels” free of machining marks, pits, and/or sharp transitions.   Having an all around fine finish on the instruments will make them comfortable to hold and most importantly easy to sanitize.   While it’s obvious to most what a good tool looks and feels like, your best insurance that an alternative brand will pass muster is a healthy money back return policy.

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So, if you can get top quality workmanship in other brands of myofascial edge tools, what are other benefits?   Here are a few more:

1). New features – Cars, tools, electronics… evolve over time with new technology. Nothing is the same in these categories from twenty years ago.   How is that the big names in instrumented technique haven’t made any major changes/improvements in instruments or the rationale behind clinical protocols?

2). Efficiency– what about finishing all the edges of the tool for treatment- so you have more choices in a single tool- saving you the time and effort of switching/cleaning multiple tools?

3). Ergonomics– No tool will work right if you cannot hold onto it.   Without integral grip, a polished slab of stainless steel can become as slippery as a banana peel.

4). Clinical Freedom– evolve technique on your own terms.   Add your own improvements, and feel free to teach your associates or students without reprisal for “modifying” the immutable proprietary protocol.

Want to learn more about alternative brand IASTM tools instead of looking for used graston tools for sale or used graston Instruments for sale?   Pick your area of interest below and learn about tailored solutions for your specific needs.

Looking for Used Graston Tools or Graston Instruments for sale?

They’re hard to find, but we’ll show you that you may be better off with an alternative brand anyway.

Myo-Bar Tools

Price: $640 w/FREE Shipping

Graston Tools Graston Instruments for Sale - Myo-Bar -
Improved clinical applications and ergonomics in this alternative brand.  View this Set

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Name Brand Tools

Price: Over $1,500

Simple profile “shapes” represent the popular name brand.

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Feature Articles

IASTM Feature Articles

Below you will find feature research articles written by a diverse group of authors that are key in the manual therapy world.   It is highly recommended that you download these articles and read them at your convenience.

Along the side bar you will find blog articles written by Matthew Hajzl, DC about various clinical topics and issues related to instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization.

Research Articles

Rationale for IASTM overlaps with the underpinnings of manual therapy in general.   IASTM is manual therapy.   Circulation/blood chemistry, fascia, trigger points, fibrous adhesions, scar tissue, joint mobility, proprioception, acupuncture meridians, and the extracellular matrix are all areas of focus in research related to manual therapy.

With specific regard to IASTM the newest most comprehensive research to support clinical effectiveness, and help clinicians direct treatment intervention come from the following:

  1. Structural Integrationists– this group has made fascia a focus for forty years based on the initial work of Ida Rolf (who in turn was influenced by osteopath Andrew Still).   Excellent research and teaching materials have be put forth recently by Thomas Findley, Robert Schliep,   Tom Myers, and many others.
  2. Trigger Point Researchers– these elusive entities have played a pivotal role in the myofascial discussion for decades, yet it seems that there are often attempts at “disproving” their existence. Look to the quality work offered by Jay Shah, John McPartland, Robert Gerwin, Jan Dommerholt and others to guide the discussion of treating trigger points in manual therapy.
  3. The Fascial Manipulation® Association– Luigi Stecco, his son Antonio, his daughter Carla, and other members of the worldwide Fascial Manipulation Association have put together tremendous original research related to fascial anatomy, diagnostic evaluation, and treatment intervention. Their hyaluronic acid hypothesis for fascial dysfunction is a welcome explanation for the “restrictions” that are often encountered when palpating soft tissues.
  4. Helene Langevin a much updated view of connective tissue and fibroblastic activity (compared to earlier scar tissue and remodeling theories of Cyriax). New concepts are offered like mechanical signaling, microtubule force transmission, fibroblast response to fascial stretch, and the manual therapy component of acupuncture and dry needling.

From the above, the theory that best supports IASTM will be related to the method in which you use your tool(s). IASTM is not a stand alone treatment. It potentiates other techniques by increasing the range and depth of manual contacts.

At the end of the day, it’s certainly important to understand the scientific rationale for soft tissue treatment. However, it will be your improved clinical outcomes and patient satisfaction that will ultimately justify this treatment approach.

For the academics, students, and myofascial aficionados who want to be up to date with current science of IASTM and soft tissue therapy, in general, these are must read articles. All available in PDF’s in a zip file by clicking below.