GT1 is the largest instrument in the Graston Technique family, and it is my go-to when I have a large area to assess and treat. Like I mentioned in my look at GT5, the GT1 is a similar instrument, with its concave, single bevelled edge. However, it has a much larger treatment surface and allows for broader tissue contact.
The nickname for GT1 is “the handlebars”, given that the instrument is held with both hands- actually, it's held between the fingertips to maximise tissue-feedback.
I use GT1 on large areas like the quads, hammys, ITB, and around the shoulder blades. The great thing about the handlebars is they allow me to treat a large area in only a quick session.
Another way in which I use GT1 is to perform a type of fascial release - using quick pulling impulses to break up adhesions between tissue layers. I do this a lot with things like ITB syndrome and chronic hamstring injuries.
So there's GT1- yes it is a bigger, sometimes badder instrument, but when it's used effectively it's a quick effective means of dealing with larger areas- and don't worry, it looks mean, but it's no more uncomfortable than its other Graston buddies!
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