Graston Technique


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

Graston Technique® is a therapy that works by breaking down acute or chronic restricted 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.

After tissues have been “broken down”, stretching and rehabilitation exercises are implemented 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. These 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 scar tissue as the stainless steel instruments can. Graston Technique® has the ability to decrease overall time of treatment, foster a faster rehabilitation and recovery all while patients are encouraged to engage in everyday activities.


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.

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)

Lateral Epicondylitis/osis (tennis elbow)

Lumbar Sprain/Strain (back pain)

Medial Epicondylitis/osis (golfer's elbow)

Patellofemoral Disorders (knee pain)

Plantar Fasciitis/osis (foot pain)

Rotator Cuff Tendinitis/osis (shoulder pain)

Scar Tissue

Shin Splints

Trigger Finger

Women’s Health (post-mastectomy and Caesarean scarring)

GT is used at some 825 out-patient facilities and industrial on-sites, by more than 125 professional and amateur sports organizations, and is part of the curriculum at 32 respected colleges and universities. For more information go to

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