What is Graston Technique?
Graston Technique® (GT) is a unique, evidence-based form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization that enables clinicians to effectively and efficiently address soft tissue lesions and fascial restrictions resulting in improved patient outcomes.
The Graston Technique is a manual soft tissue technique invented by an athlete named David Graston. He was unable to fully recovery from a knee injury he sustained while water skiing. In his downtime, he got to thinking about the normal manual massage style therapy in regards to his own knowledge of tools. He decided to design a set of tools to assist with his rehab. The concept of cross-friction massage, developed by orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Cyriax, was the primary concept behind the development of the soft tissue treatment protocol for the Graston Technique.
The Graston Technique is basically an instrument-assisted, soft tissue mobilization therapy. It is beneficial in breaking up fascial restrictions, scar tissue adhesions, and detecting areas of chronic inflammation and/or fibrosis. Graston has been known to help conditions such as a cervical sprain/strain, tennis elbow and golfer’s elbow, lumbar sprain/strain, rotator cuff tendinosis, and even Achilles tendinosis.