Research Supports GT

The effectiveness of the Graston Technique® is founded in research. Research conducted by Graston Technique® trained clinicians at Ball Memorial Hospital and Ball State University in Muncie, Ind., found that the controlled micro-trauma induced through Graston Technique® protocol increased the amount of fibroblasts to the treated area.

That amount of inflammation to the scar tissue helps initiate the healing cascade. The structure of the tissue is rearranged and damaged tissue is replaced by new tissue. Ice is then applied to reduce the pain and exercise is implemented to increase function and range of motion.

Other clinical studies continue to document the success of Graston Technique®, generally achieving better outcomes when compared to traditional therapies, and resolving injuries that have failed to respond to other therapies.


Grades of Evidence
C and E Support Graston Technique®

Grades of Recommendation Grades of Recommendation Strength of Evidence
Grades of Recommendation
Grade A

Strong Evidence

Strength of Evidence

A preponderance of level I and/or level II studies support the recommendation. This must include at least one level I study.

Grades of Recommendation
Grade B

Moderate Evidence

Strength of Evidence

A single high-quality randomized controlled trial or a preponderance of level II studies support the recommendation.

Grades of Recommendation
Grade C

Weak Evidence

Strength of Evidence

A single level II study or a preponderance of level III and IV studies including statements of consensus by content experts support the recommendation.

Grades of Recommendation
Grade D

Conflicting Evidence

Strength of Evidence

Higher-quality studies conducted on this topic disagree with respect to their conclusions. The recommendation is based on these conflicting studies.

Grades of Recommendation
Grade E

Theoretical / Foundational Evidence

Strength of Evidence

A preponderance of evidence from animal or cadaver studies, from conceptual models/principles, or from basic sciences/bench research support this conclusion.

Grades of Recommendation
Grade F

Expert Opinion

Strength of Evidence

Best practice based on the clinical experience of the guidelines development team.

Learn more about GT in the following published papers, presentations, textbooks and articles.