Graston Technique
What is it and why do we use it at ORS?:

Graston Technique ® is a form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization which allows the therapist to effectively address scar tissue follow surgery, edema, and fascial restrictions resulting in improved patient outcomes.

The Graston Technique® was developed in the early 90’s by a former athlete who experienced knee stiffness and tightness following a water skiing accident.  He coupled his knowledge of machining with researchers at Ball State University in Indiana to develop the Graston® instruments and treatment protocols. The technique of cross fiber massage is grounded in the works of James Cyriax, an English Orthopedist.

ORS PT Lisa McCarrell works the Graston Technique on a patient.

ORS PT Lisa McCarrell works the Graston Technique on a patient.

Conditions Effectively Treated with Graston® Tools:

  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

  • DeQuervain’s Syndrome

  • Golfer’s/Tennis Elbow

  • Medial/Lateral Epicondylitis

  • Rotator Cuff Tendonitis

  • Cervical Sprain/Strain

  • Lumbar Sprain/Strain

  • Patellofemoral Disorders

  • Shin Splints

  • Achilles Tendonitis

  • Plantar Fasciitis

  • Post-surgical scarring

The Graston Technique® is a patented form of instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization that enhances a clinician’s hands in the releasing of acute or chronically inflamed/fibrotic tissue.  This technique utilizes six uniquely shaped stainless steel instruments or "tools" that act like a stethoscope for the tissue.  Passing over areas of scar tissue, spasm, or swelling the “tools” as referred to by patients vibrate in the clinician’s hands identifying the exact locations needed for treatment. The curvilinear edges of the “tools” do not compress like the fat pads of the fingers during manual therapy mobilization allowing for multi-level penetration. The increased sensitivity to palpation allows for precise and deeper penetration facilitating improved circulation, re-generation and re-modeling of the tissue.

The technique separates and breaks down collagen cross–links, splaying and stretching connective tissue and muscle fibers. Increased cellular activity in the region includes fibroblasts and mast cells. Histamine response is increased secondary to mast cell activity. Improved circulation, skin temperature, and facilitation of reflex changes in the chronic muscle holding pattern are also produced by applying the Graston Technique®.


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Graston Technique is used at all 8 of the
Orthopaedic Rehab Specialists locations. 

Holt Clinic: 517-268-9040
Okemos Clinic: 517-220-4540
East Clinic: 517-783-6670
West Clinic: 517-750-2540
Jonesville Clinic: 517-849-7040
Napoleon Clinic: 517-536-7742
Total Joint & Aquatic Center:
Foot, Ankle & Running Center: