Graston Technique

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What Is The Graston Technique and How Does It Work?

Graston Technique (GT) is a phenomenal way to treat scar tissue, knots, muscle spasms, and anything that causes a restricted range of motion that prevents an athlete from performing at their best or anybody else from doing what they love.

The Graston Technique involves a therapist using a surgical stainless steel instrument to work on different musculoskeletal areas in the body.

The rounded edges (not sharp at all) on the instrument allows the clinician to identify problem areas and treat the issue precisely.

Also, it allows the Chiropractor or Physiotherapist to get deep into the tissue which is key to invoking benefits while being sensitive to the patient’s pain.

The therapist will first scan through the problem area with the instrument. What they are looking for is areas that feel gritty or smooth. Many times the gritty areas will become red. This is normal with this technique. Then they will work through the gritty area or restrictive area by using a cross friction massage.

They also use these instruments to identify fibrosis or dysfunctional soft tissues that cause issues.

There are many benefits to using the Graston Technique.

Graston technique demo courtesy of Full Function Rehab & Wellness (Read the caption)

The Ultimate Guide to Graston Technique

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This appointment is your opportunity to tell us what hurts and discover whether Graston Technique is a good fit for you! During this session, you will talk with a therapist on a phone call (or online) and create the right care plan specifically for your pain. There is no obligation, this session is only to find out if Graston Technique can help you getting back to doing the things you love in life.

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If you’re like most you don’t want to wait days or weeks to get treated for your pain. And you don’t want to have to spend your time calling nearby clinics to find the one who can see you the fastest.

That’s where PainHero comes In – Canada’s largest network of physiotherapists, chiropractors, and registered massage therapists. 

Our Platform is used by clinics where they post their open appointment times. So you can quickly compare availability and wait times for clinics near you without having to pick up the phone. Then book an appointment within seconds and even see someone that day if you want. So you can get back to doing the things you love faster.

Plus unlike other sites who let anyone on or just rely on google reviews. We hand pick clinics based on a 50-point inspection, which includes everything from checking reviews, ratings, reputation, history, complaints, satisfaction, trust, cost, and general excellence.

Why PainHero?

Improve the way your body moves so you can continue to do the things you love. PainHero is Canada’s largest network of physiotherapists, chiropractors, and registered massage therapists. Our mission is to make it easy for you to find the top clinics in your community. We handpick the top clinics using our 50 point inspection based on patient reviews, complaints, and patient outcomes. 

Whether you’re seeking pain relief or preventative care, you can expect our patient-centric approach to be new and different from any healthcare experience you’ve had before. Perhaps even life-changing.  




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The Ultimate Guide to The Graston Technique

What Are The Benefits Of The Graston Technique?

Faster rehabilitation and recovery time. This includes recovery from surgery or injury.

Reduces the need for anti-inflammatory medications.

Repair and strengthen muscles.

Can resolve conditions that would otherwise be considered permanent.

Other benefits include:

Speeds Up Recovery After Workouts

If you ever experienced soreness or that achy feeling after a tough workout then the Graston technique can help you recover faster. It does this by increasing blood flow to your muscles and funneling in more nutrients to the injured area. This results in faster recovery from workouts.

Speed Up Recovery From Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar Fasciitis is a painful condition that can take several months to fully heal. Graston Technique is a great treatment for this condition because it decreases inflammation, influences scar tissue, reduces pain, and restores the normal range of motion in the foot. Many plantar fasciitis patients see results in as little as one visit.

Graston Technique benefits courtesy of Full Function Rehab & Wellness (Read the caption)

When it Works, You See Results Fast

As with other treatment options which can take months before you know if it will work or not, with Graston, you’ll know after just 6-12 treatments. Studies have found that Graston Technique is an effective treatment to ease pain and improve function in less than 3 months.

Decreases Pain

The cross friction massage promotes blood flow delivering oxygen and nutrients to the injured area to accelerate healing. This process can also clean up waste and inflammatory chemicals that can slow down healing. This is what makes this technique so effective.

Increase and Restore Normal Range of Motion

Scar tissue, inflammation, and pain can restrict movement in your joints. The Graston Technique can improve these restrictions to allow you to move more freely without restrictions.

What is Graston Technique all about courtesy of Spine & Sports Clinic  (Read the caption)

How Does It Work?

The therapist uses the instrument to perform a cross-friction massage. This involves rubbing against the scar tissue to reintroduce small amounts of trauma to the problem area. When you do this it triggers a natural healing mechanism.

There are 6 different types of Graston therapy technique Instruments. They are all different sizes and shapes to work on all body parts.

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What is Graston tool courtesy of Peak Health & Performance (Read the caption)


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What To Expect During Treatment

This type of treatment can cause discomfort. Just like a deep tissue massage, it can be a little painful but after most feel great. For some people, it gives that “hurts so good feeling”.

What Do I Do After Graston Technique?

After treatment, your therapist will typically have you perform some light stretching to compliment the treatment.

You can then apply a cold pack to decrease inflammation, swelling, and bruising caused by this technique. Ice should be applied for 15 minutes on and 15 minutes off. You should repeat this process several times after treatment.

Does Graston Increase Blood Flow?

Yes, it can increase blood flow to the treated area. This increased blood flow can speed up recovery.

The Graston technique when combined with Chiropractic care can be an effective way to restore movement and reduce pain.

It depends on your condition and injury. But typically you will get 1-2 treatments per week with at least 48 hours in between to allow the tissues to heal.

Many people experience results just after the first treatment. However, generally it takes around 3 treatments to feel the results.

How Many Treatments Are Required?

The number of physical therapy treatments required depends on the individual’s goals, your therapist’s assessment, and the type of injury. Typically it takes 6-12 treatments done 1-2 times per week with at least 48 hours in between each session.

Is Graston Therapy Right For You?

The Graston Technique can be effective at restoring movement so that you can get back to doing what you love. Results can vary from patient to patient but typically patients notice improvements by the end of the first or 2nd week. If you want to find out if this technique can work for you then schedule a consult with one of our Graston technique providers below.

Yes, it can be used together with exercising, stretching, and a workout program.

Conditions Successfully Treated With Graston Therapy

Graston Technique has been shown effective in the treatment of:

Frequently Asked Questions

The session lasts for about 10 minutes.

This is not one of those therapies that take a long time before you see results. Many experience results after just the first treatment. If after 6-12 treatments you still don’t see results then this treatment may not be right for you.

Yes, typically bruising and pain can occur after the first session. This is a normal response from your body to start the healing process. However, it typically goes go away within a few days.


Graston Technique is one of several possible methods for relieving pain that do not rely on prescription medications and all the side effects and baggage they come with. Not to mention that most drugs can only mask pain, but rarely address root causes. Find a clinic if you are suffering from muscle tightness, soreness, or pain to improve your quality of life, today.