The Graston Technique: Instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization

Posted on: July 2nd, 2018 No Comments

Graston technique in actionThe Graston Technique was originally created by a machinist who had the desire to speed up his own rehabilitation process after the lack of progress with conventional therapy techniques. After experiencing success on his own injury rehab, he partnered with Ball State University professionals to develop the technique and full set of tools.

What Graston is all about?

You might have heard about Graston or the Graston Technique from friends or social media as it popularity continues to rise, but what is Graston really about? Graston is essentially a soft tissue treatment technique, which utilizes specialized instruments to treat both chronic and acute soft tissue conditions. With the unique Graston instruments and technique, we are able to effectively treat scar tissue and restrictive fascia while eliminating pain and restoring normal function and range of motion about a joint. The instruments can interrupt and break down thick and irregular scar tissue, which causes dysfunction of movement and disrupts normal neural pathways often resulting in pain. The use of the Graston instruments allows for greater soft tissue treatment, with a decreased treatment time.

The Graston Instruments:

Graston instrumentsThe complete set of Graston instruments includes 6 specially designed instruments. Each instrument uniquely shaped, which allows for a wide variety of uses on virtually every body part. Each surface of every instrument is designed to fit and contour to different parts of the body, ensure that no matter where the soft tissue injury is, at least one of the instruments can effectively target that area. Whether pain is present in your neck, wrist, back, thigh or foot, there is a Graston tool that can target that area.

What can the Graston Technique treat?

Graston can be used to treat a number of different conditions, from chronic to acute. Graston can be an effective treatment for essentially all soft tissue conditions including:

  • Back and neck pain
  • Achilles tendonitis/tendinosis
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Golfers and Tennis elbow (medial and later epicondyltis)
  • Hamstring injuries
  • Quad or IT band pain
  • Knee pain (patellarfemoral pain/disorders)
  • Shoulder pain (deltoid/bicep tendon/rotator cuff tendinitis or tendinosis)
  • Heel/foot pain (plantar fasciitis)

If you think the Graston technique may be right for you, you can visit:

The Graston Technique Website:

Or book an appointment with our Graston Technique certified physiotherapist Adam!

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