At UPMC Sports Medicine, we work with athletes and active people at all levels to develop individualized treatment plans designed to help them safely and fully recover from injuries.\nWe offer a variety of treatment options available for patients and athletes, including the Graston Technique. This patented form of manual therapy, done at UPMC by experts trained in the technique, uses six specially designed stainless tools to perform muscle mobilizations and break down scar tissue.\nTo schedule an appointment with one of our UPMC Sports Medicine experts, call 1-855-93-SPORT (77778).\nHow the Graston Technique Works\nThe Graston Technique works as a deeper, more intense version of manual therapy. Initially, specialists use the tools to detect muscle knots and scar tissue that may be causing pain or restricting movement. Then, they use the tools to break up tissue to restore mobility and function\n \r\n \r\n Sign up for the UPMC Sports Medicine Newsletter \r\n \r\n Enter your email to subscribe\r\n \r\n \r\n\t \r\n \r\n Continue\r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n I understand that by providing my email address, I agree to receive emails from UPMC. I understand that I may opt out of receiving such communications at any time.\r\n \r\n \r\n \nBenefits of the Graston Technique\nWhen used by a trained professional, the Graston Technique offers many benefits, including:\n\n\n\nPain relief without prescription medication\nImproved range of motion and function for the injured area\nLoosening tight and inflamed muscles\nBreaking down scar tissue\nEffective treatment of chronic pain conditions\n\n\n\nYou should consult with your physician to determine if this form of physical therapy is a suitable for your injury and activity level.\nWhat Makes an Athlete Eligible for the Graston Technique?\nBoth athletes and non-athletes can find improved mobility and relief from pain and muscle tightness with the help of the Graston Technique.\nYour physician or physical therapist may recommend the Graston Technique as an alternative form of treatment for a variety of reasons:\n\nOveruse injuries\nStiffness in the body\nPain relief in soft tissue (such as ligaments and tendons)\nPain relief in certain muscle groups\nMaintenance and preventative measures for avoiding injury\n\nMany people, including non-athletes, find relief from pain and muscle tightness with the help of the Graston Technique.\nTo schedule an appointment with one of our UPMC Sports Medicine experts, call 1-855-93-SPORT (77778).