Graston Technique®

What is Graston Technique?

Graston Technique is very effective following surgery or trauma, to help recover from the development of scar tissue, chemical depositions and adhesion  – all of which keep the tissue from moving normally. Smooth tools are gently drawn across the affected area to remove these restrictions and, along with appropriate therapeutic exercise, help regain normal soft tissue function.

How Graston Technique was developed

Graston Technique® is grounded in the works of Dr. James Cyriax, an English orthopaedic surgeon. He noticed  although his patients were considered fully healed post-surgery, they often experienced a decrease in their freedom of movement or continued muscular pain.  Looking further, he discovered surgery or trauma, such as a muscle or tendon strain, led to the development of scar tissue, chemical depositions and adhesions  – all of which kept the tissue from moving normally.   Tools were developed to remove these restrictions and, along with appropriate therapeutic exercise, help regain normal soft tissue function.

To receive Graston Technique, you will first be asked to complete a series of movements to see how easily your joints and muscles are interacting.  Tight or painful areas will be identified as key locations for treatment.  We will ask you to perform a brief warm up exercise for that specific muscle.  You will then rest in a comfortable position and a hand-held tool will be used in a form of cross-friction massage to help release the restrictions.

The tools are individually designed for specific body parts and always use a wide base of contact – this means the massage is comfortable to receive, especially when compared to other forms of deep-tissue massage using a narrow base such as fingers or elbows. Treatment is often followed by stretching exercises to promote re-alignment of the tissue fibres so that they behave more like normal, healthy tissue.  You may also be given exercises to complete at home.

You will usually receive two treatments per week over several weeks.  Number of treatments depends on the type, age and severity of the injury.  At each treatment, you will be re-examined to determine your progress and identify specific movements or positions for that particular treatment’s focus.

For general biomechanical pain, most patients have a positive response (reduction in pain or improvement in mobility) by the third or fourth treatment although it may take four to six weeks to regain normal function in more chronic injuries. Historically, the Graston Technique® has had positive outcomes in 75-90% of all conditions treated.

Conditions commonly treated by Graston practitioners include:

  • Ankle Pain (Achilles Tendinosis/itis)
  • Wrist Pain (Carpal Tunnel Syndrome)
  • Neck Pain (Cervical Sprain/Strain)
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Hamstring Injuries
  • Hip Pain
  • IT Band (Iliotibial Band)
  • Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylosis/itis)
  • Back Pain (Lumbar Sprain/Strain)
  • Golfer’s Elbow (Medial Epicondylosis/itis)
  • Knee Pain (Patellofemoral Disorders)
  • Heel Pain (Plantar Fasciitis)
  • Shoulder Pain (Rotator Cuff Tendinosis/itis)
  • Scar Tissue
  • Shin Splints
  • Trigger Finger
  • Women’s Health (Post-Mastectomy and Caesarean Scarring)