Graston Technique

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.

Conditions Effectively Treated with Graston® Tools:

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

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

  • 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

Advantages to the Patient:

  • Promotes quicker rehabilitation/recovery time

  • Reduces need for anti-inflammatory medications

  • Resolves chronic conditions thought to be permanent

  • Able to engage in everyday activities

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®.

Patient Testimonials:

“This technique was very effective in helping me regain the flexibility in my wrist. I no longer am scared of it…. I welcome it!!” 
Stacy D.

“I feel between 50 – 100% improvement in my knee stiffness and tightness. I have less tension and strain performing my daily activities and chores.” 
Tressa W.

“I am able to walk on uneven ground, go up and down stairs and drive easier because of the mobility I achieved through the Graston Technique sessions.“
Dawn C.