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Graston Technique

An Explanation of Graston Technique ( www.grastontechnique.com )

Procedure detects and treats areas of “scar tissue” or adhesions in muscles, tendons and ligaments that can lead to pain and dysfunction.

In the healing process, our body attempts to repair muscles, tendons and ligaments with “scar tissues,” much like the scar that forms on the skin when you have scraped or banged your knee. Scar tissue tends to be weaker and less flexible than normal, healthy, undamaged tissue.


Graston Technique®uses six stainless steel instruments to glide along a patient’s muscle, tendons or ligaments. When knots or bands of scar tissue are encountered, both the doctor and the patient sense a restriction or a granular feeling from the instrument.


GT instruments are used to “break up” this restriction or adhesion. Stretching exercises are used to promote re-alignment of the fibers so they behave more like healthy tissue. The patient feels less pain and gains more mobility.

The instruments are not meant to replace a clinician’s hands, but to complement them. The instruments enhance what the clinician’s hands can feel – substantially improving the ability to detect and treat soft-tissue dysfunctions. An unaided hand is hard pressed to detect and break up as much as scar tissue as the stainless steel instruments can.

Patients usually receive two treatments per week during 4-5 weeks. Most patients have a positive response by the 3rd to 4th treatment.

Most patients are able to function and continue to perform their regular functions at home, work or play.

Benefits of GT:

  • Decreases overall time of treatment
  • Fosters faster rehabilitation/recovery
  • Reduces need for anti-inflammatory medication
  • Patient continues to engage in everyday activities

Is GT New?

- The concept of cross fiber treatment is grounded in the works of English orthopedist James Cyriax. The use of Graston Technique® instruments and protocol is new.

Treating Acute and Chronic Conditions

The Graston Technique® instruments, while enhancing the clinician’s ability to detect fascial adhesions and restrictions, have been clinically proven to achieve quicker and better outcomes in treating both acute and chronic conditions, including:

Achilles Tendinitis/osis (ankle pain) Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (wrist pain)

Cervical Sprain/Strain (neck pain) Fibromyalgia

Lateral Epicondylitis/osis (tennis elbow) Lumbar Sprain/Strain (back pain)

Medial Epicondylitis/osis (golfer’s elbow) Patellofemoral Disorder (knee pain)

Plantar Fasciitis/osis (foot pain) Rotator Cuff Tendinitis/osis (shoulder pain)

Scar Tissue Shin Splints

Trigger Finger Women’s Health (post mastectomy/c-section scarring)