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The Graston Technique

The Graston Technique integrates 6 patented stainless steel instruments designed to access, detect, and soft tissue  dysfunction in the body and assist the patient in recovery from pain and injury. This is a form of soft tissue mobilization.  This technique is based on Dr. James Cyriax's concept of cross-fiber massage, which is to break down collagen cross-links found in adhesions and scar tissue. A typical session of Graston Technique consists of a thorough assessment and screen of the patient's condition, a generalized warm-up, Graston Technique treatment followed by stretching, strengthening and ice.


Often repetitive strain, pain and injury can lead to the development of scar tissue or adhered fascia. This scar tissue can limit our range of motion and exacerbate poor habitual posture and/or muscle guarding, which turns into dysfunction and chronic pain overtime. Graston instruments aid the practitioner in locating soft tissue restrictions, fascial adhesions or scar tissue similar to how a stethoscope amplifies the sound of the heartbeat. The Graston instruments break up the scar tissue and allow the body to reabsorb it. This disrupts the pain-tension cycle and allows the body to begin its own healing, thereby creating pain free range of motion and improved postural awareness.

What are Graston Treatment like?

Graston Technique is a deeper, more intense version of manual therapy. Specially trained clinicians use specially designed Graston tools in two ways. First, to locate muscle knots or restrictions. They do this by running the tools over your skin to feel for fibrous or scar tissue that may be causing you pain or restricting your movement. Second, they use the tools to break up that tissue to restore mobility and function. 


During Graston treatment, you'll feel a therapeutic discomfort similar to other forms of soft tissue release or manual therapy, depending on your condition. Bruising or the appearance of petechiae (red streaks) is not the objective of treatment but may appear after treatment. 

How does Graston Technique differ from other methods?

The 6 instruments have been carefully crafted to meet the needs of the therapist, as the shape of the instruments compliments the shape and contours of the human body allowing the therapist to access and treat scar tissue and fascial adhesions with precision and accuracy.

In addition, Graston Technique and instrument usage requires a mandatory educational component. Only clinical practitioners who have trained and been accredited in the Graston Technique may apply the technique and employ the instruments in their treatment sessions.

Common Conditions Treatable with Graston Technique :

  • Achilles Tendinosis/itis

  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

  • Cervical Sprain/Strain (neck pain)

  • Fibromyalgia

  • Lateral Epicondylosis/itis (Tennis Elbow)

  • Medial Epicondylosis/itis (Golfer’s Elbow)

  • Patellofemoral Disorders (knee pain)

  • Plantar Fasciitis (foot pain)

  • Rotator Cuff Teninosis/itis (shoulder pain)

  • Scar tissue

  • Shin Splints

  • Trigger Finger

  • Women’s Health (Post-Mastectomy and Caesarean Scarring)

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