Graston Technique Instruments: GT1

Posted at 13 August 2016 in , by Graham Rock

Time to bring out the big guns!

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.

Say hello to the Handlebars...

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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Graham Rock
Graham Rock
Dr Graham is a manual adjusting Chiropractor that utilises multiple techniques and modalities to get the best result for his patients during their appointments. Dr Graham also utilises several soft tissue techniques to compliment his patients’ musculoskeletal adjustments.
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