Graston Technique

Effectively Treating Acute and Chronic Injuries

Sports medicine is a substantial part of our practice at Kennedy Blvd Chiropractic. When your body is in alignment, your nervous system is finely tuned and all pistons are firing! This leads to better performance, fewer injuries and quicker recovery.

1301 1125massage385255 panel 385x255 1The Graston Technique®, originally developed by athletes, is changing the way clinicians — including athletic trainers, chiropractors, physical therapists, occupational therapists — and patients view treatment of acute and chronic soft tissue injuries.

Graston Technique® is an innovative, patented form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization that enables clinicians to effectively break down scar tissue and fascial restrictions. The Technique utilizes specially designed stainless steel instruments to specifically detect and effectively treat areas exhibiting soft tissue fibrosis or chronic inflammation.

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Graston Technique/ A Unique Treatment For Pain

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Reported by: Charlotte Ames
Tuesday, May 12, 2009 @05:28pm EST

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If you have scar tissue after surgery or your exercise routine is making you sore, a type of massage therapy called the Graston Technique may help. Some health care providers use soft tissue manipulation to release/break up scar tissue and to relieve pain and restore function. One particular form of soft tissue manipulation is the Graston Technique®.

The cornerstone of the Graston Technique is a set of stainless steel instruments with smooth edges and various curves and contours. These instruments are used to find the cause of musculoskeletal pain, and to treat the source of the problem. Each of the instruments is designed to be used on specific areas of the body.

To locate the source of the pain, a therapist glides the edge of one of the Graston instruments over the skin. When the instrument moves over an area of scar tissue, the knotted or denser area of fibers act like a “speed bump” under the skin. The extra resistance creates reverberations that can be felt through the instrument to the therapist’s hand.

Craig Newman, D.C., a Chiropractic Sports Physician in Tampa FL, says patients report also feeling a rope-like or gritty sensation when the instrument passes over scar tissue. Once the target area is identified, other instruments are used to treat the problem. Pressing down and gliding an instrument across the skin pulls on and breaks up the scar tissue fibers. The treatment also creates a minor amount of trauma, which increases blood flow to the area, pumps up fibroblasts and hopefully, promotes healing. After a therapy session, patients may experience temporary bruising and soreness.

Patients must follow an exercise and stretching program to improve and maintain flexibility and improve strength. Newman says a single Graston treatment session takes about five to ten minutes. Most patients need 8 to 10 treatments, but often begin seeing an improvement in symptoms after about the third or fourth session. The treatments are usually not covered by insurance.

In his practice, Newman charges about $45 to $60 a session. The Graston Technique is only provided by trained practitioners. To locate the nearest provider, go to For information about the Graston Technique®, or to locate the nearest provider, go to