Graston Technique

What is GRASTON Technique (GT)?

Graston Technique® is a unique and proven form of ‘instrument-assisted’ soft tissue mobilization (IASTM).  This means that it focuses on releasing and improving the mobility of skin, fat, ‘fascia’, muscle and other soft tissues around the body.  The result? Less pain, better flexibility and even changes in strength because the soft tissue is more free to move.  

Graston Technique (GT) uses a unique protocol that is specially designed utilizing stainless steel tools.  These tools combined with exercises, patient education, and other treatment approaches, can maximize recovery.  This technique can help in areas where a persons soft tissue is stiffening (fibrosis) or regularly swollen (chronic inflammation). The GT tools are also used to help improve and maintain joint range of motion.

Dr. Nicole Thornicroft using Graston Technique on Tennis Elbow

Why use Graston Technique?

GRASTON technique being provided by Chiropractor to Neck

Originally developed by athletes, Graston Technique® is used by more than 31,500 clinicians worldwide – including physical and occupational therapists, hand therapists, chiropractors, and athletic trainers. For patients, GT has been proven to:

  • Decrease overall time of treatment
  • Foster faster rehabilitation/recovery
  • Reduce the need for anti-inflammatory medication
  • Resolve chronic conditions thought to be permanent
  • Provide an efficient way to maintain optimal range of motion

What kinds of injuries can Graston Technique help?

Soft tissue injuries can be debilitating and frustrating. Graston Technique® (GT) therapy is successful in effectively treating all soft tissue conditions, whether they are chronic, acute or post- surgical. GT therapy can help you enjoy life again.

Our unique technique and instruments enable the treatment of scar tissue and fascial restrictions during rehabilitation that allows for faster rehabilitation and with greater success when the goal is restoring range of motion, eliminating pain, and restoring normal function.

Graston Technique® is clinically proven to achieve faster and better patient outcomes in treating the following:

  • Achilles Tendinosis/itis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (Wrist Pain)
  • Cervical Sprain/Strain (Neck Pain)
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Lateral Epicondylosis/itis (Tennis Elbow)
  • Lumbar Sprain/Strain (Back Pain)
  • Medial Epicondylosis/itis (Golfer’s Elbow)
  • Patellofemoral Disorders (Knee Pain)
  • Plantar Fasciitis (Foot Pain)
  • Rotator Cuff Tendinosis/itis (Shoulder Pain)
  • Scar Tissue
  • Shin Splints
  • Trigger Finger
  • Women’s Health (Post-Mastectomy and Caesarean Scarring)
Nicole Thornicroft utilizing Graston on a Hamstring strain

Who Provides Graston Technique at Pro Function?

Dr. Nicole Thornicroft is one of only two practitioners in the London area trained in Graston Technique®.