March 31, 2022 Physical Therapy of Milwaukee

Graston Technique

The Graston technique involves using stainless steel tools to gently scrape against the skin, a form of manual therapy known as soft-tissue instrument-assisted mobilization. That is why, our therapists perform this technique to identify areas of restriction and attempt to break up scar tissue in muscles.

For that reason, we strive to transform the injured soft tissue being treated  into healthy functioning tissue. When an injury within the soft tissue occurs, the tissue may repair itself in a pattern that can form scar tissue. Moreover, this scar tissue build up can limit range of motion and cause stiffness that may lead or contribute to chronic aches and pains.

What are the benefits of the Graston technique?

  • Promote healing to injured soft-tissue
  • Breaks down scar tissue & fascia restrictions
  • Improve/restore range of motion
  • Decrease pain levels 
  • Increase blood flow

What conditions can the Graston technique treat?

  • Ankle Sprains
  • Cervical Sprain/Strain
  • Rotator Cuff Tendinosis/itis 
  • Lateral Epicondylosis/itis (Tennis Elbow)
  • Medial Epicondylosis/itis (Golfer’s Elbow)
  • Achilles Tendinosis/itis
  • Patellofemoral Disorders 
  • Trigger Finger
  • Plantar Fasciitis 
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Post-Surgical Scar Tissue
  • Shin Splints
  • Low Back Sprain/Strain (Back Pain)

Who uses the Graston technique?

Certainly, physical therapists can use the Graston Technique to break up the excess scar tissue created during surgery and restore the function of the structure (muscle, tendon, ligaments, fascia) being treated. This technique can also address everyday sore muscles by breaking up a buildup of scar tissue and relieving pain in aggravated muscles.


Finally, two thirds of NFL, NBA and MLB teams use this technique on their athletes to keep them performing at the highest level. Athletes and those involved in sports can use it to stay on top of their game as a great recovery tool for sore muscles. This method can also be used on those recovering from a surgery with excess scar tissue in their muscles. 

Want to see if the Graston technique would be right for your injury or condition? Call/text 414-281-3444 or leave you information below to schedule a free screen or initial evaluation.