Graston Technique

Graston Technique

An Advanced Method to 
Decrease Pain 
Improve Function*

Graston Technique In The News

Table of Contents:
Introduction to GT: Websites
Clinical Applications
Sports Teams & Institutions that use GT
Image & Video Gallery


What is a Graston Technique®? Graston Technique is a form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization that enables clinicians to effectively reduce scar tissue and fascial restrictions for less pain and increased mobility or increased range of motion.

• Decreases overall time of treatment
• Fosters faster rehabilitation/recovery
• Reduces need for anti-inflammatory medication
• Patient continues to engage in everyday activities
"soft tissue instrument assisted mobilization, which is a form of manual therapy designed to break down scar tissue and restrictions that are usually associated with some form of trauma to the soft tissue (such as a strained muscle, pulled ligament, tendon and fascia)." Thomas E. Hyde, DC, DACBSP, CKTP, FCCSS (Hon)

"If you are new to Graston, DO NOT BE AFRAID...IT WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE"  actual patient testimony


Michael Phelps & Graston Technique in Details Magazine Aug 2012

Website Introductions:

Spine-Health: Graston Technique Treatment - What to Expect by Thomas E. Hyde, DC

Spine-Health: Description of Graston Technique Therapy by Thomas E. Hyde, DC

Spine-Health: Graston Technique: An Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Manual Therapy for Back Pain by Thomas E. Hyde, DC

ACA's Healthy Living: Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Manipulation for Soft-Tissue Injuries


Conditions treated by Graston Technique:

  • Cervical Sprain/Strain (neck pain)
  • Whiplash
  • Headaches
  • Tension Headaches
  • TMJ PainLumbar Sprain/strain (back pain)
  • Trigger Finger
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (wrist pain)
  • Lateral Epicondylitis (tennis elbow)
  • Medical Epicondylosis (golfer’s elbow)
  • Rotator Cuff Tendinosis (shoulder pain)
  • Biceps Tendinitis / Tendinosis
  • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
  • Groin Sprain
  • IT Band Syndrome
  • Patellofemoral Disorders (knee pain)
  • Hamstring Strain
  • Shin Splints
  • Achilles Tendinosis (ankle pain)
  • Plantar Fasciitis (foot pain)
  • Muscle Strain
  • Scar Tissue
  • Fibromyalgia***

Who uses Graston Technique:

Professional Sports Organizations Using Graston Technique®
Atlanta Hawks
Boston Celtics
Charlotte Bobcats
Cleveland Cavaliers
Denver Nuggets
Golden State Warriors
Miami Heat
Milwaukee Bucks
Minnesota Timberwolves
New Jersey Nets
New York Knicks
Philadelphia 76ers
San Antonio Spurs
Utah Jazz
Washington Wizards
Atlanta Falcons
Cleveland Browns
Houston Texans
Indianapolis Colts
Jacksonville Jaguars
Minnesota Vikings
New England Patriots
New York Giants
Pittsburgh Steelers
San Francisco 49ers
St. Louis Rams
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tennessee Titans
Washington Redskins
Colorado Avalanche
Nashville Predators
Toronto Maple Leafs
Norfolk Admirals
Chicago White Sox
Cincinnati Reds
Cleveland Indians
Kansas City Royals
Milwaukee Brewers
Minnesota Twins
New York Mets
New York Yankees
Norfolk Tides (AAA Minor League)
Seattle Mariners
St. Louis Cardinals
Texas Rangers
Toronto Blue Jays
Washington Nationals
Professional Golf
PGA Tour Champions Tour
Arsenal Football Club (EPL)
Everton Football Club (EPL)
Fulham Football Club (EPL)
Wolverhampton Wanderers FC (EPL)
New England Revolution
US Soccer
Amateur Sports Organizations Using Graston Technique®

American University
Anderson University
Assumption College
Auburn University
Bethel University
Binghamton University
Bradley University
Bridgewater State University
Brigham Young University — Hawaii
Brigham Young University — Provo
Carrol University
California State University — Fresno
Cayuga Community College
The Citadel
College of the Holy Cross
Colorado Mesa University
Colgate University-Athletics
Concordia University — Wisconsin
Connecticut College
Crossroads School
Culver-Stockton College
Dartmouth College
Davis Senior High School (CA)
Dawson High School (TX)
Defiance College
Delaware State University
DePaul University
Dodge City Community College
Duke University
Eastern Michigan University
Elizabeth High School (NJ)
Felix Varela Senior High School (FL)
Ferris State University
Florida Atlantic University
Florida State University
Florida Southern College
Fort Lewis College
George Mason University
Georgia Southern University
Glendale Community College
Goucher College
Graceland University
Greenhill School (TX)
Hanover College
Harvard University
Harvard Westlake School (CA)
Haskell Indian Nations University
High Point University
Hope College
Idaho State University
Illinois State University
Indiana University
Iona College
Iowa State University
Isidore Newman School (LA)
Jacksonville University
James Madison University
Juanita High School (WA)
Kansas City Community College (KS)
Kennesaw State University
Lehigh University
Lewis-Clark State College
Linfield College
Louisiana College
Loyola Marymount University
Marquette University
McMurry University
Medfield High School (MA)
Miami University (OH)
Michigan State University
MidAmerica Nazarene University
Minnesota State University — Mankato
Minnesota State University — Moorhead
Mississippi State University
Mount Wachusett Community College
Noble and Greenough School
North Baltimore Aquatic Club
Northwest Missouri State University
Nova Southeastern University
Oakland University
Ohio State University
Oklahoma Christian University
Oklahoma State University
Oral Roberts University
Providence College
Purdue University
Rio Americano High School (CA)

Rowing Canada Aviron
St. Mary’s University
St. Louis University
St. Thomas Aquinas HS — Fort Lauderdale
San Diego Miramar College
San Francisco Unified High School District
San Jose State University
Seattle Pacific University
Seattle University
Soka University of America
Southwest Baptist University
Stonehill College
Texas A&M University
Texas State University
Texas Tech University
Texas Woman’s University
Tufts University
University of Alabama
University of Arkansas
University of Arkansas — Fort Smith
University of California — Berkeley
University of California — Davis
University of California — San Diego
University of Central Arkansas
University of Charleston
University of Colorado
University of Colorado — CO Springs
University of Delaware
University of Denver
University of Georgia
University of Idaho
University of the Incarnate Word
University of Iowa
University of Kansas
University of Massachusetts
University of Michigan
University of Minnesota
University of Nebraska at Omaha
University of Nevada — Reno
University of North Carolina — Chapel Hill
University of North Florida
University of Northern Iowa
University of Oregon
University of Richmond
University of South Carolina
University of Southern California
University of Tennessee
University of Texas — Austin
University of Texas — El Paso
University of Texas — San Antonio
University of Tulsa
University of Vermont
University of Washington
University of Wisconsin — Madison
University of Wisconsin — Eau Claire
University of Wisconsin — Stevens Point
University of Utah
USA Luge
USA Volleyball
Utah Valley University
Valdosta State University
Virginia Wesleyan College
Vista High School (CA)
Wabash College
Wake Forest University
Washington State University
Westminster Schools (GA)
Wheaton College
Wichita State University
Winona State University
Xavier University

English Institute of Sport, Bisham Abbey

US Olympic Training Centers
Colorado Springs
Lake Placid

Institutions Teaching Graston Technique

  • Indiana University
  • Ohio State University
  • Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
  • Touro University
  • University of Colorado
  • University of Delaware
  • University of Indianapolis
  • University of Montana
  • University of South Dakota
  • Barry University
  • Baylor University
  • College of Saint Scholastica
  • Culver-Stockton College
  • Georgia Southern University
  • Concordia University Wisconsin
  • Gustavus Aldolphus College
  • Illinois State University
  • Indiana University
  • Indiana State University
  • Kent State University
  • Old Dominion University
  • Saint Louis University
  • Texas State University
  • Stephen F. Austin State University
  • University of North Carolina
  • University of Oregon
  • University of Kansas (undergraduate)
  • University of South Carolina
  • West Virginia University
  • University of Wisconsin

Image Gallery:

Soft Tissue Brochure
Graston Techinique Soft Tissue Brochure

Video Gallery:
Note: Bruising can be minmal or controlled with proper technique in many cases

Graston Technique For Chronic Pain by Beth Galvin

"Make Dan Sweat" featuring Graston Technique by Dan Schutte

Graston Technique for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome by Mike Ploski

Graston Technique for Tennis Elbow by Dr. Swanson

Graston Technique for Iliotibial Band Syndrome by Dr. Wasserkrug

Graston Technique for the calf pain after running by Dr. Wasserkrug

Testimonials: What Are Professionals Saying About The Graston Technique?

Graston Technique for post-fracture scarring and tightness of elbow
Patient testimonial for ChiroPlus Wellness Center in CO

Graston Technique Used to Help Breast Cancer Survivors
ABC 7: Carolyn Johnson - January 2011


*Based on outcome studies & personal clinical experience, Graston Technique acheived quicker & better outcomes with acute & chronic conditions when compared to traditional therapies, and resolved injuries that have failed to respond to other therapies. For a reference for what this page is based on and more published articles, books and research reports, visit Graston Technique's website.


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***Fibromyalgia is listed as a condition treated on the offical GT website. This is not necessarily the opinion of this office. However,  muscle pain as well as posture or joint issues in fibromyalgia patients can be treated. GT does not cure muscle diseases (myopathies) or neurological diseases that may cause pain as the cause of fibromyalgia has some debate. GT only treats musculoskeletal pain from overuse, strain, sprain or postural related issues.


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