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IAM Modalities- Graston Technique & FAKTR

Understanding Graston Technique

Graston and FAKTR are both innovative, patented forms of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization procedures that enable clinicians to increase circulatory function, break down myofascial restrictions, and promote the production of collagen.

Both procedures use specially designed tools to detect and effectively treat areas exhibiting soft tissue fibrosis, or adhesions or areas of chronic inflammation.


Using the Graston Technique, we are able to promote healing by:

  • ·Increasing the rate and amount of blood flow to and from the area.

  • Increasing cellular activity in the region (fibroblasts and mast cells).

  • Separating and breaking down collagen cross-links.

  • Splaying and stretching connective tissue and muscle fibres.

  • Increasing skin temperature.

How we use IAM at Kinetic Health

Like our other treatment modalities, we often combine IAM with our hands-on soft tissue procedures and osseous manipulation/mobilization. We have found by doing this we are able to achieve even better results. IAM is a great addition to the multiple tools we use to address musculoskeletal conditions.

Is the treatment painful?

It is common to experience minor discomfort during the procedure and some bruising afterwards. This is a normal response and part of the healing process.

Are other procedures involved in using Graston Technique?

Our protocol includes a brief warm-up exercise, Graston Technique treatment, followed by stretching, strengthening and ice.

We will often combine the Graston Technique with Active Release Technique and Chiropractic Adjustments.

What is the frequency of treatment?

Patients usually receive two-to-three treatments per week over two-to-three weeks.

What kind of results does Graston Technique produce?

Historically, the Graston Technique has resolved 87% or more of all conditions treated. It is equally effective on restoring function to acute and chronic injuries, and pre and post surgical patients.

Why is Scar Tissue (Adhesion) a Problem?

This is a commonly asked question by our patients. Scar tissue is made of adhesive fibers that are laid down in loose irregular directions, in a haphazard pattern. This frequently occurs when an area of your body is under stress, damaged, injured, or suffering from sort of trauma.

This type of scar tissue often causes pain, prevents the fluid smooth motion of tissues, limits range of motion, and restricts the patient from functioning well in their physical activities. It has a binding or restrictive effect on your body.

In addition, scar tissue can adhere fascia to muscle, tendons, and ligaments, thereby restricting range of motion and function, and increasing pain.

Treating Soft Tissue Injuries with Graston Techniques

The Graston Instrument Assisted Technique mobilizes, reduces and reorganizes fibrotic restrictions in the neuromusculoskeletal system. The technique is delivered through the use of six (6) hand-held stainless steel instruments. A specially designed lubricant must be applied to the skin prior to utilizing the instruments. The lubricant allows the instruments to glide over the skin without causing irritation.

The treatment is applied in multiple directions:

  • With venous drainage.

  • Against venous drainage.

  • Cross-fiber in multiple directions to the lesion.

As with other soft-tissue techniques, the diagnostic process occurs in conjunction with the application of treatment.

As the Graston tools are applied a “vibratory” sensation is felt through the tool into the examiners fingertips. The patient simultaneously experiences a similar sensation while the tool traverses the area being treated.

How are the Graston Instruments Used?

The Graston Technique instruments are used to enhance the clinician’s ability to detect adhesions, scar tissue and/or restrictions in the affected areas.

Skilled clinicians use the stainless steel instruments to comb over and “catch” on fibrotic tissue, which immediately identifies the areas of restriction. When two or more large muscles cross each other, and are bound by restrictions, this technique can release these large adhesions easily, along with more microscopic adhesions.

Once the tissue has been identified, the instruments are used to break up the scar tissue so it can be re-absorbed by the body.It is common to experience minor discomfort during the procedure and some bruising afterwards. This is a normal response and part of the healing process.

Dr. Brian Abelson

Best-selling author, Dr. Brian Abelson, is the Clinical Director of Kinetic Health, an innovative health care facility that places a special focus on getting people back into an active, pain-free lifestyle.

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Dr. Evangelos Mylonas

Dr. Mylonas’ integrated treatment approach combines the latest in manipulative and soft-tissue therapies in conjunction with functional rehabilitative exercise protocols.

An Active Release (ART) practitioner since 2002 with over 10 years of clinical experience, Dr. Mylonas has had the privilege of treating patients in Canada as well as in Europe.

Expect & Receive The Best Possible Care

At Kinetic Health, we are proud of our high success rate in the treatment of musculoskeletal conditions and are even happier about the high level of patient satisfaction that we regularly achieve. 


Our comprehensive examination processes, ability to integrate multiple and effective treatment modalities, and our customized treatment and exercise plans ensure that every patient receives a high quality of care that addresses their specific needs.


We have great working relationships with the medical community across the city. You can expect your medical practitioner to receive clear summations of our examination findings with follow-up letters about our treatment results. This collaboration ensures your needs are met effectively.

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