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Graston Technique®

The Graston Technique® incorporates a patented form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization that enables clinicians to effectively detect and treat scar tissue and restrictions that affect normal function.

  • Separates and breaks down collagen cross-links, and splays and stretches connective tissue and muscle fibers
  • Increases skin temperature
  • Facilitates reflex changes in the chronic muscle holding pattern
  • Alters spinal reflux activity (facilitated segment)
  • Increases the rate and amount of blood flow to and from the area
  • Increases cellular activity in the region, including fibroblasts and mast cells
  • Increases histamine response secondary to mast cell activity

The Graston Technique® instruments are used to enhance the clinician's ability to detect adhesions, scar tissue or restrictions in the affected areas. Skilled clinicians use the stainless steel instruments to comb over and "catch" on fibrotic tissue, which immediately identifies the areas of restriction. Once the tissue has been identified, the instruments are used to break up the scar tissue so it can be absorbed by the body.

 The concept of cross fiber massage is not new. Graston Technique® is grounded in the works of Dr. James Cyriax, an English orthopedic surgeon. The use of our specially designed instruments and protocol is new.

Graston Technique® has become standard protocol in universities and hospital-based outpatient facilities as well as industrial on-site treatment settings such as Indiana University and the University of Michigan. The technique is also being used at industrial settings and by NBA, NHL and Major League Baseball trainers.

Historically, the Graston Technique® has had positive outcomes in 75–90 percent of all conditions treated. It is equally effective in restoring function to acute and chronic injuries, and pre- and postsurgical patients.

Graston Technique® has been clinically proven to effectively treat the following conditions but not limited to
  • Cervical sprain/strain (Neck Pain)
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (Hand Pain)
  • Lateral/Medial Epicondlytis (Elbow Pain)
  • Rotator Cuff Syndrome (Shoulder Pain)
  • Achilles Tendonitis (Heel Pain)
  • Scar Tissue
  • Shin Splint 
  • Lumber sprain/strain (Low Back Pain)
  • Planter Fasciitis (Foot Pain)
  • Patellofemoral disorder (Knee Pain)
  • Trigger Finger
Information cited from Graston Technique® webpage