We use kinesiology taping with our patients for a number of reasons. In your initial inflammatory or swelling stage, kinesiology taping is great for reducing inflammation and swelling by allowing fluid to track away from the joint or by pulling the skin away to allow fluid to drain. In addition, the proprioceptive aspect of taping can ease pain symptoms.
Kinesiology tape also has the benefits, when applied correctly, of increasing weak muscle activation or reducing over active muscle activation and so it is great to use in the early stages of rehabilitation.
Graston Therapy is specific to Chiropractic and used to break down scar tissue that can cause over use injuries such as plantar fasciitis, lateral epicondylitis or ITB syndrome. With the break down of scar tissue, fibroblasts are migrated to the old injury site, resulting in new healing.