History of the Graston Technique®
The Graston Technique®, researched at Ball Memorial Hospital and Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, was conceived by an athlete who suffered a debilitating knee injury while water skiing.
Frustrated at the lack of rehabilitation progress following surgery and conventional therapy, he applied his professional background in machining to create the initial Graston Technique® instruments to treat his soft tissue injury.
In 1994, TherapyCare Resources Inc., parent company of Graston Technique®, opened an outpatient clinic in Indianapolis, where outcome data was gathered on a wide range of chronic and acute injuries. Five years later, the company turned all of its attention to teaching and training clinicians and research on the technique.
Today, there are more than 16,000 clinicians worldwide—including athletic trainers, chiropractors and therapists—who use the Graston Technique® protocol to effectively detect–treat–resolve a myriad of connective soft tissue dysfunctions. There are also more than 250 professional and amateur sports organizations and some 1,650 outpatient facilities that use GT. This growing list of practitioners and clinics comprises what now is known as the GT Provider Network.
Graston Technique® is part of the curriculum at 57 respected colleges and universities and has participated in or is engaged in research projects at Indiana University, Texas Back Institute, New York Chiropractic College and St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis. The company has five U.S. patents on the instruments and technique method. Michael I. Arnolt, TCR president, is a founder of the 19-year-old company.