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What is the Graston Technique®? Does it work?

Our patients affectionately refer to the Graston Technique® instruments  as “butter knives!” It’s a treatment they hate to love, but the results speak for themselves. Many famous athletes swear by the technique including Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps.

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Does it work?

Historically, The Graston Technique® has had positive outcomes in 75-90% of all conditions treated. It is equally effective on restoring function to acute and chronic injuries, and pre- and post-surgical patient. Click here for Outcome Summary Data of the 17 most common diagnoses.

What is it?

In the healing process, our body attempts to repair muscles, tendons and ligaments with “scar tissue,” much like a scar that forms on the skin when you have scraped your knee. This tissue tends to be weaker and less flexible than undamaged tissue which can lead to pain and dysfunction such as shin splints and Achilles tendinitis which are common ailments for runners and other athletes.

How do the instruments work?

The Graston Technique®, originally developed by athletes, is a form of soft tissue mobilization (manual manipulation) using six stainless steel instruments to glide along a patient’s muscles, tendons or ligaments to detect and break up fascial restrictions and adhesions. It is not meant to replace a clinician’s hands, but to complement them by substantially improving the ability to detect and treat dysfunction.

Does it hurt?

If there is a large amount of scar tissue, there can be minor discomfort while the clinician breaks it up, but this is part of the healing process.

What is Graston used to treat?

Graston Technique® has been clinically proven to achieve quicker and better outcomes in treating both acute and chronic conditions including:

  • Achilles Tendinitis/osis (ankle pain)
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (wrist pain)
  • Cervical Sprain/Strain (neck pain)
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Lateral Epicondylitis/osis (tennis elbow)
  • Lumbar Sprain/Strain (back pain)
  • Medial Epicondylitis/osis (golfer’s elbow)
  • Patellofemoral Disorders (knee pain)
  • Plantar Fasciitis/osis (foot pain)
  • Rotator Cuff Tendinitis/osis (shoulder pain)
  • Scar Tissue
  • Shin Splints
  • Trigger Finger
  • Women’s Health (post-mastectomy and Caesarean scarring)

Who can do it?

Only clinicians who have been trained and accredited in the Graston Technique® Basic course are qualified to obtain the Graston Technique® instruments and apply the technique to treat patients

Success!

Last week we discharged a patient who had been suffering from chronic neck pain after a car accident five years ago. After only four sessions utilizing the Graston Technique®, she had complete relief and could not believe the results. She said she could actually feel the scar tissue being broken up and began craving the twice weekly treatments.

More FAQs

The Graston Technique® website does a good job of answering some other FAQs

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