History of Graston Technique®

The Graston Technique® was originally conceived by an amateur athlete who suffered a debilitating knee injury while water skiing. Frustrated at the lack of rehabilitation progress following surgery and conventional therapy, he applied his professional background in machining to create several instruments to treat his soft tissue injury.

Experiencing early success on his own knee, he collaborated with medical and research personnel at Ball Memorial Hospital and Ball State University in Muncie, Ind., to fully develop a technique and a set of instruments. From this collaborative effort, the Graston Technique® was born.

Graston Technique building

In 1994, TherapyCare Resources Inc., parent company of Graston Technique, opened an outpatient clinic in Indianapolis, where outcome data was gathered on a wide range of chronic and acute injuries. Five years later, the company turned all of its attention to teaching and training clinicians and continued research on the technique.

Michael I. Arnolt, a co-founder, served as TCR president for 19 years. In 2013, Graston Technique® was acquired by a newly formed Indianapolis-based entity, Graston Technique, LLC (GT-LLC). Todd R. Lugar is President & CEO.

Graston Technique® is part of the curriculum at 45 respected colleges and universities and has been the focus of research projects at Indiana University, Texas Back Institute, St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis and Duke University.

Today, there are more than 24,500 clinicians worldwide-including athletic trainers, chiropractors and therapists-who use the Graston Technique® protocol to effectively detect-treat-resolve a myriad of connective soft tissue dysfunctions. There are also more than 431 professional and amateur sports organizations and some 3,042 outpatient facilities that use GT. This growing list of practitioners and clinics comprises what now is known as the GT Provider Network. To find a provider near you, click Locate a Provider.