Clinicians performing the Graston Technique® use a collection of six stainless steel instruments to separate and break down collagen cross-links, and to spread out and stretch connective tissue and muscle fibers. Used by trained healthcare professionals, the patented steel instruments enable detection of problems such as scarring or inflammation and make it easier for the practitioner to mobilize soft tissue. This patented technique was developed to address both acute and chronic conditions in athletes, and today it has become a valuable tool in speeding treatment and rehabilitation of soft-tissue injuries for a wide range of patients. By reducing inflammation, the Graston Technique® also can minimize the need for anti-inflammatory medications.