How the Graston Technique Might Help You Manage Your Muscle Pain

Category: Learning Centre, Patient Education


Have you heard about the Graston Technique and want to find out more about it?

The Graston Technique (GT) is an evidence-based method of soft tissue mobilization that uses specially designed stainless steel instruments to help treat soft tissue dysfunctions.

The GT originated from the works of Dr. James Cyriax, a British orthopaedic surgeon and this technique  has been recognized within the physiotherapy community for almost 25 years. Today, the GT is taught at many U.S educational institutes, used among GT certified physiotherapists, and is also used within the professional sports industry, such as the NFL, NBA, and NHL.

GT Benefits:

  • Increases blood flow to the affected tissue
  • Improves muscle range of motion
  • Reduces muscle pain
  • Breaks down adhesions

Who can provide GT treatment:

Clinicians who have undergone GT training are able to apply the GT. Clinicians who have NOT undergone GT training are unable to apply the GT to their treatment approach.

What conditions can be treated with the GT:

  • Achilles tendonitis/osis
  • Back muscle strain
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Lateral and medial epicondylitis
  • Myofascial pain syndrome
  • Neck muscle strain
  • Scar tissue/post-surgical scars (once completely closed)
  • Rotator cuff tendonitis/osis
  • Shin Splints
  • Trigger Finger


Pro Motion Physiotherapy is pleased to have a GT Certified Physiotherapist, Joyce De Torres, providing this treatment.

If you have any further questions or want to book an appointment with Joyce: please give us a call. We would be happy to help.

For more information on the GT please go to:

Bitra, M., & Sudhan, S. G. (2019). Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilisation in the Management of  Musculoskeletal Pain: A Literature Review with Implications for Clinical Practice Guidelines. Journal of Clinical & Diagnostic Research13(12).

Seffrin, C. B., Cattano, N. M., Reed, M. A., & Gardiner-Shires, A. M. (2019). Instrument-Assisted Soft
 Tissue Mobilization: A Systematic Review and Effect-Size Analysis. Journal of Athletic Training54(7), 808-821.