About Graston Technique®
Changing the way soft tissue injuries are treated
Graston Technique® is an evidence-based form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization that enables clinicians to effectively address scar tissue and fascial restrictions through comprehensive training, resulting in improved patient outcomes.
The technique uses specially-designed stainless steel instruments, along with appropriate therapeutic exercise, to specifically detect and effectively treat areas exhibiting soft tissue fibrosis or chronic inflammation. The instruments also are used diagnostically to follow the kinetic chain, to locate and treat the cause of the symptom as well as the specific area of pain.
Originally developed by athletes, Graston Technique® is an interdisciplinary treatment used by more than 21,000 clinicians worldwide — including physical and occupational therapists, hand therapists, chiropractors, and athletic trainers.
GT is utilized at some 2,400 outpatient facilities and 66 industrial sites, by more than 360 professional and amateur sports organizations, and is part of the curriculum at more than 50 respected colleges and universities.
Outpatient Facilities (US)
Outpatient Facilities (Canada)
Colleges and Universities
|For the clinician: |
- Provides improved diagnostic treatment
- Detects major and minor fibrotic changes
- Reduces manual stress; provides hand and joint conservation
- Increases patient satisfaction by achieving notably better outcomes
- Expands business and revenue opportunities
|For the patient: |
- Decreases overall time of treatment
- Fosters faster rehabilitation/recovery
- Reduces need for anti-inflammatory medication
- Resolves chronic conditions thought to be permanent
|For employers and the healthcare industry: |
- Allows patients to remain on the job
- Reduces the need for splints, braces and job-site modifications
- Contributes to reduction of labor and healthcare costs, direct and indirect
See what experts and researchers have to say about the Graston Technique®
|"The Graston Technique® Instruments allow a deeper, more sensitive palpation and treatment of densified tissue." |
—Warren I. Hammer, MS, DC, DABCO
|Six stainless steel instruments form the cornerstone of Graston Technique® |
The curvilinear edge of the patented Graston Technique® Instruments combines with their concave/convex shapes to mold the instruments to various contours of the body. This design allows for ease of treatment, minimal stress to the clinician's hands and maximum tissue penetration.
The Graston Technique® Instruments, much like a tuning fork, resonate in the clinician's hands allowing the clinician to isolate adhesions and restrictions, and treat them very precisely. Since the metal surface of the instruments does not compress as do the fat pads of the finger, deeper restrictions can be accessed and treated. When explaining the properties of the instruments, we often use the analogy of a stethoscope. Just as a stethoscope amplifies what the human ear can hear, so do the instruments increase significantly what the human hands can feel.
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Graston Technique® is a registered trademark.