Graston Technique

What is the Graston Technique


Graston Technique is a patented treatment method that has been used successfully by many chiropractors and physical therapists to manage cumulative trauma and chronic disorders. The Graston Technique is:

  • An effective therapy for a variety of painful conditions and injuries.
  • Considered a natural solution to treating chronic pain.
  • Known to reduce the number of treatments needed.
  • Beneficial in treating the root cause of your health problems.

How The Graston Technique Helps


With poor body posture, there is a tendency to develop unhealthy adhesions in the musculo-skeletal and related connective tissues that are very soft in nature. Proper treatment is often necessary to reduce pain associated with adhesions.  One of the best possible ways to treat such health problems is by means of the Graston Technique.

This method of treatment can be very effective as it divides the collagen cross-links which results in the stretching of the soft tissue and muscle fibers. It increases the temperature of the skin which causes increased blood flow in the affected area. This Graston Technique also results in increased cellular activities of fibroblasts and mast cells in the affected area which can aid in muscle repair.

The Value of the Graston Technique


Graston Technique is a therapeutic approach used by many physiotherapists in order to therapeutically treat problems related to skeletal, muscle, and soft tissue injuries. It is also used by chiropractors and physical therapists to manage cumulative trauma and chronic disorders.

Adhesions that are present in the muscles and tendons can be identified and resolved by means of Graston instruments. These are a collection of 6 stainless steel instruments of different shapes and sizes. Graston Technique practitioners use these instruments to perform specific and targeted palpations on the affected area of a patient.

Common Questions


Graston Technique involves usage of six stainless steel tools to clinically indentify adhesions, scar tissue or limitations in an area of the body. The practitioners skillfully comb the area through use of the respective tool to detect the area of restriction. After the identifying the tissue, the tools are then used to break down the scar tissue which is ultimately absorbed by the body.
No, before making use of Graston Technique to treat the affected area, the patient is subjected to warm-up exercises after which follows the Graston Technique treatment. After this, there is stretching, intensification and ice.
A patient will experience very minor discomfort when specialized Graston technique tools are used to identify the affected area of restriction. After this, there may be slight bruising but that is normal and often part of the therapeutic process.
A study has shown that around 85 to 90% of individuals who have gone through this kind of treatment have successfully resolved the functionality of the affected areas and healed chronic injuries.
Patients who have undergone such a treatment were given a treatment for over four to five weeks. In most cases, patients have shown the signs of recovery by the third and fourth treatment session.

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In 2006, The Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association gave in-depth information on ‘the conservative treatment of Trigger thumb using Graston Techniques and Active Release Techniques’ and the result revealed that the pain and disability that the patient was experiencing was no longer present.

A study has shown that around 85 to 90 % individuals who have gone through this kind of treatment have successfully resolved the functionality of the affected areas and healed chronic injuries.

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