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Graston Technique

Graston Technique

What is Graston Technique? 

The Graston Technique, originally developed by athletes, is changing the way clinicians and patients view rehabilitation of acute and chronic soft tissue injuries. It is an effective form of soft tissue treatment that has been proven to reduce fibrotic tissue and promote healing.

The Graston Technique is an innovative, patented form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization that enables clinicians to effectively break down scar tissue and fascial restrictions. The Technique utilizes specially designed stainless steel instruments to specifically detect and effectively treat areas exhibiting soft tissue fibrosis or chronic inflammation.

The Graston Technique Instruments (GT Instruments) enhance clinicians’ ability to detect fascial adhesions and restrictions, and have been clinically proven to achieve quicker and better outcomes in treating both acute and chronic conditions. These conditions include:

Cervical sprain/strain

Lumbar sprain/strain

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Plantar Fasciitis

Lateral Epicondylitis
(tennis elbow)

Medial Epicondylitis
(golfer’s elbow)

Rotator Cuff Tendinitis

Patellofemoral Disorders

Achilles Tendinitis


Scar Tissue

Shin Splints

Trigger Finger


Research conducted by Graston Technique trained clinicians at Ball Memorial Hospital and Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana, found that the controlled micro trauma induced through the Graston Technique protocol increased the amount of fibroblasts at the treated area. Fibroblasts are important cells in the human body that are involved in tissue healing. The Graston Technique also initiates a controlled amount of inflammation, which helps scar tissue initiate the healing cascade. The structure of the tissue is rearranged and damaged tissue is replaced by new tissue. Ice is then applied to reduce the pain and exercise is implemented to increase function and range of motion.

Other clinical studies continue to document the success of the Graston Technique, generally achieving better outcomes when compared to traditional therapies, and resolving injuries that have failed to respond to other therapies.