Graston Technique

The Graston Technique® is a part of the curriculum at 49 esteemed colleges and universities. Educators at these institutions are treating professional athletes and patients each day to treat injury and help them function at their highest level.

Graston technique is a useful treatment for many “soft tissue” injuries. Dr. Phil Gainan is certified in the use of The Graston technique which uses patented stainless steel instruments that are designed to treat fibrotic tissue (Scar Tissue and adhesions).

Soft tissue consists of muscle, muscle tendons, ligaments, as well as the connective tissue, often referred to as Fascia. Many injuries occur with overuse of this soft tissue, where these fibers can actually adhere or ‘stick’ to each other. This causes pain, decreased range-of-motion and decreased strength.

The curvilinear edge of these patented instruments can magnify what the hands feel. As the metal surface does not compress like the fingers do, deeper adhesions can be accessed and treated successfully. Like a stethoscope that amplifies what the human ear can hear, so do the instruments increase significantly what the human hands can feel and thereby treat.  The instruments, combined with their concave/convex shape, mold to contours of the body and can detect adhesions, fibrotic nodules, thickening ridges, crystalline deposits, and scar tissue. These instruments ‘break up’ these restrictions or adhesions. Often times rehab is indicated as part of the overall treatment. The rehab should consist of stretching and strengthening of the tissue.

Most sports teams have on their staff a certified provider to treat athletes with these overuse injuries, or scar tissue. The US Olympic teams, both summer, and winter, US professional golf, tennis, and soccer all get treated with the Graston Technique. Dr. Phil Gainan is the only provider in the area that is certified in the Graston Technique.

Dr. Gainan has helped many patients over the years with the Graston technique. From athletes in grade school, middle school. high school, and college level athlete to everyday injuries.

Conditions which respond well to the Graston Technique:

  • Neck pain
  • Back pain
  • Knee pain
  • Tennis elbow
  • Sprains or strains
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Rotator Cuff tendonitis (shoulder pain)
  • Heel spurs/plantar fasciitis
  • Shin splints
  • IT Band Tendonitis
  • Post surgical or Traumatic Scar
  • Team sports injuries
  • Tendonitis

About The Graston Technique®

The Graston Technique® is an evidence-based type of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization that allows clinicians to effectively address scar tissue and fascial restrictions through comprehensive training, leading to improved patient outcomes.

The technique uses specially designed and proprietary stainless-steel instruments, together with therapeutic exercise, to discover and treat areas exhibiting soft tissue fibrosis or chronic inflammation. The instruments are also used diagnostically to find and treat the reason behind the symptom in addition to the specific area of pain.

Originally developed by athletes, The Graston Technique® is an interdisciplinary treatment employed by over twenty thousand clinicians worldwide, as well as physical therapists, occupational therapists, hand therapists, chiropractors, and athletic trainers.

GT is employed at some 2,400 outpatient facilities and over sixty industrial sites as well as by over 350 sports organizations.

For the patient:

  • Can decrease the overall time of treatment
  • Fosters quicker rehabilitation and recovery
  • Reduces the need for anti-inflammatory medication
  • Can help to resolve chronic conditions

For employers and also the health care industry:

  • Can enable patients to stay on the job
  • Reduces the necessity for braces, splints, and job-site modifications
  • Contributes to the reduction of labor and health care costs, directly or indirectly


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