Graston Technique's GT5 or the "boomerang" is the little brother of GT1. They both have a single beveled, concave treatment edge, which is fantastic for the contours of round muscle bellies. GT5 is also different in that it is smaller, the treatment bevel is a little more acute and it has a pointed tip at either end.
I use GT5 a lot with calves, Achilles' tendons, forearms and biceps but my favourite application is with oedema (swelling). An acute ankle sprain is a prefect example of how GT5 can move fluid away from the injury with its specialised treatment surface (like you can see in the picture above). I will use very light pressure to 'sweep' away fluid using a gentle effleurage technique this has the effect of minimising pain and tissue damage.
The 'pointed' ends of GT5 also provide a unique treatment edge- I will use this edge around ankle, knee and wrist ligaments to get a precise contact on small lesions tucked away in tight areas.
So there's GT5, a very handy, versatile instrument to have in my toolkit, especially when it comes to treating on of the most common injuries-ankle sprain.
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