Graston Technique

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Changing the way soft tissue injuries are treated 

Graston Technique® is an innovative, patented form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization that enables clinicians to effectively break down scar tissue and fascial restrictions. The technique utilizes specially designed stainless steel instruments to specifically detect and treat scar tissue or restrictions & chronic inflammation that affect normal function.

How is scar tissue different from other tissue?

When viewed under a microscope, normal tissue can take a couple of different fashions: dense, regular elongated fibers running in the same direction, such as tendons and ligaments; or dense, irregular and loose with fibers running in multiple directions. In either instance, when tissue is damaged it will heal in a haphazard pattern--or scarring--that results in a restricted range of motion and, very often, pain.

Why is scar tissue a problem?

Scar tissue limits range of motion, and in many instances causes pain, which prevents the patient from functioning as he or she did before the injury.

Clinical Applications of the Patented GT Instruments

The Graston Technique® (GT) Instruments, while enhancing the clinician's ability to detect fascial adhesions and restrictions, have been clinically proven to achieve quicker and better outcomes in treating both acute and chronic conditions, including:

Cervical sprain/strain (neck pain)

Lumbar sprain/strain (back pain)

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (wrist pain)

Plantar Fasciitis (foot pain)

Lateral Epicondylitis (tennis elbow)

Medial Epicondylitis (golfer's elbow)

Rotator Cuff Tendinosis (shoulder pain)

Patellofemoral Disorders (knee pain)

Achilles Tendinosis (ankle pain)


Scar Tissue

Trigger Finger

Shin Splints



What kind of results does Graston Technique® produce?

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.

Informational Results Diagram

Who Uses Graston Technique® 


"The Graston Technique® is the new third alternative that represents the opportunity for a productive and pain-free quality of life for many patients. The Technique can often eliminate the need for surgery. But what really has impressed me is how important the instruments are in making the right diagnosis in the first place, by identifying adhesions and restrictions away from the site of pain."

—Stephen R. Pfeifer, MD
Family Practice Physician

"GT has been an integral and largely beneficial application in our care and treatment of the acute and chronic conditions that affect professional baseball players. Our efforts at edema reduction in acute ankle sprains and contusions (hit by pitch, foul tips) have been more successful as a direct result of implementing GT in our protocols. We have seen tremendous outcome results in chronic conditions such as tendinosis, scar tissue impediments and fascial pain syndromes. Our athletes often present to the athletic training room requesting GT. "

—  Lonnie Soloff, ATC, PT
Head Athletic Trainer, Cleveland Indians



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