What is the Graston Technique?

Graston Technique is an instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization.

It involves the use of stainless-steel instruments to assist in delivery of manual therapy for soft tissue conditions. When combined with the appropriate therapeutic exercise, Graston Technique aids in the restoration of pain-free movement and function.

It can be used to alleviate a variety of conditions, including:

  • Neck pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Golfer’s elbow
  • Tennis elbow
  • Back pain
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Knee pain
  • Tendonitis
  • Planter fasciitis 
  • Shin splints

Graston is used to treat soft tissue dysfunctions

What exactly is soft tissue?

Soft tissue is inclusive of muscles, fascia, nerves, and blood vessels.

It can be thought of as comparable to the pith of an orange—the white membrane between the peel and flesh of the fruit. Soft tissue can tear, resulting in soft tissue injuries, or form adhesions—fibrous bands that occur between tissues and organs.

How Graston works

The chiropractor will glide various blunt, stainless-steel Graston instruments over affected areas of the body, using the instruments to gently push tissue toward the hand. Graston can be uncomfortable and may leave some light bruising of the treatment area. 

It works to help ease pain or tightness of an injured area to encourage easier movement following treatment.

The technique combines the instrument-assisted manipulation with stretching and therapeutic exercise.

If you would like to know if you might benefit from Graston Technique, give us a call at 613-542-9822.