Learn more about the Graston Technique

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.

We 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.

To schedule an appointment with one of our UPMC Sports Medicine experts, call 1-855-93-SPORT (77778).

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How the Graston Technique Works

The 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

Benefits of the Graston Technique

When used by a trained professional, the Graston Technique offers many benefits, including:

    1. Pain relief without prescription medication
    2. Improved range of motion and function for the injured area
    3. Loosening tight and inflamed muscles
    4. Breaking down scar tissue
    5. Effective treatment of chronic pain conditions

You should consult with your physician to determine if this form of physical therapy is a suitable for your injury and activity level.

What Makes an Athlete Eligible for the Graston Technique?

Both athletes and non-athletes can find improved mobility and relief from pain and muscle tightness with the help of the Graston Technique.

Your physician or physical therapist may recommend the Graston Technique as an alternative form of treatment for a variety of reasons:

  • Overuse injuries
  • Stiffness in the body
  • Pain relief in soft tissue (such as ligaments and tendons)
  • Pain relief in certain muscle groups
  • Maintenance and preventative measures for avoiding injury

Many people, including non-athletes, find relief from pain and muscle tightness with the help of the Graston Technique.

To schedule an appointment with one of our UPMC Sports Medicine experts, call 1-855-93-SPORT (77778).

About UPMC

A $21 billion health care provider and insurer, Pittsburgh-based UPMC is inventing new models of patient-centered, cost-effective, accountable care. The largest nongovernmental employer in Pennsylvania, UPMC integrates more than 90,000 employees, 40 hospitals, 700 doctors’ offices and outpatient sites, and a 3.8 million-member Insurance Services Division, the largest medical insurer in western Pennsylvania. In the most recent fiscal year, UPMC contributed $1.4 billion in benefits to its communities, including more care to the region’s most vulnerable citizens than any other health care institution, and paid more than $500 million in federal, state, and local taxes. Working in close collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences, UPMC shares its clinical, managerial, and technological skills worldwide through its innovation and commercialization arm, UPMC Enterprises, and through UPMC International. U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside on its annual Honor Roll of America’s Best Hospitals and ranks UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh on its Honor Roll of America’s Best Children’s Hospitals. For more information, go to UPMC.com.