Graston Technique

Changing The Way Soft Tissue Injuries are Treated

The graston technique is an unique, evidence-based form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM) that enables us to effectively address scar tissue, fascial restrictions and range of motion. Whether you need to treat a chronic condition, post-surgical issue or need prehab maintenance, the graston technique has led to improved outcomes for everyday athletes and the typical patient.

How does the graston technique work?

This unique protocol uses specially designed stainless steel instruments, along with appropriate therapeutic exercises, to specifically detect and effectively treat areas exhibiting soft tissue fibrosis and/or chronic inflammation.  Our muscles are also made up of different fibers that can build up and become tight, which the graston technique can be used to loosen and stretch.

A specialized form of massage, the graston technique involves using controlled pressure to breakdown scar tissue and loosen tight muscles.  This therapeutic pressure promotes tissue repair and activates the remodeling of muscle tissue.

The graston technique is the originator of Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) in the manual therapy industry and has perfected the technique over the past 20+ years. With a commitment to very high standards, the graston technique is always being revised to reflect the latest research and industry best practices.

What conditions are treated by the graston technique?

  • Scar tissue build up
  • Strained/pulled muscles, ligaments, and tendons
  • Improper body mechanics/posture.
  • Low back pain
  • Achilles tendonitis (ankle injuries)
  • Plantar fasciitis ( foot pain)
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Shoulder pain
  • Shin splints
  • Scar tissue
  • Tennis/golfer’s elbow
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Many more!

What are the benefits of the graston technique?

After an injury, our soft tissues become damaged and scar tissue can form. To combat this, the graston technique uses various instruments to massage the skin, identify the affected areas and break up any existing scar tissue.

The graston technique is beneficial for both the clinician and the patient. Patients are typically able to recover from their conditions faster, shorten their rehabilitation time, decrease their need for anti-inflammatory medications, improve their chronic conditions, and increase/maintain their range of motion.

Clinicians are able to provide an improved diagnostic treatment, detect major and minor fibrotic changes, reduce manual stress, provide significant hand and joint conservation, and increase patient satisfaction by implementing the graston technique into their practices.

Who practices the graston technique?

Originally developed by athletes, the graston technique is an interdisciplinary treatment used by more than 24,500 clinicians worldwide – including physical and occupational therapists, hand therapists, chiropractors, and athletic trainers. The graston technique is utilized at over 3,000 outpatient facilities and over 85 industrial sites by more than 430 professional and amateur sports organizations. It’s also part of the curriculum at more than 45 colleges and universities.

Why do clinicians use the graston technique?

The graston technique allows our physical therapists to specifically detect and effectively treat areas exhibiting soft tissue fibrosis and/or chronic inflammation. The instruments used are able to follow the kinetic chain in the body so that we can locate and treat the cause of the symptom as well as the specific area of pain. This technique also helps patients decrease their joint and muscle pain and maintain their range of motion.

Is the graston technique painful?

The amount of discomfort and/or pain a patient feels during the graston technique varies from patient to patient. Some patients experience  bruising and/or soreness after treatment, but this is nothing to be alarmed by. The soreness typically does not last long. We recommend icing for 20 minutes at home after receiving the graston technique.


If you are looking for something “out of the box” to help get you back to living a pain free life, then call us today to speak with one of our physical therapist’s and find out if the Graston Technique is right for you.