Advanced Training Overview
Advanced Training highlights the Graston Technique (GT) therapy examination and treatment approach for musculoskeletal dysfunction/mechanical pain that can be applied in all patient cases. Components of the GT therapy examination will include movement loss, lesion localization, and resistive testing. Preventative/corrective exercises to augment the GT therapy intervention will be discussed. In addition, we will introduce five new advanced treatment strokes.
Participants of Advanced Training will learn to select and implement the most efficient and effective GT therapy interventions, while restoring function and alleviating pain. The goal is to advance the student or clinician’s skills in the successful management of musculoskeletal dysfunction specifically using Graston Technique therapy and movement.
Essential Training must be completed before registering for Advanced Training. Please sign up or log in to verify your level of training.
Training Fee: $695
Student Training Fee: $595
EXPLORE Advanced TRAINING OPTIONS
Our standard 14-hour, in-person group training held over two consecutive days at regional locations.
Live Online Training
A 4-hour, self-paced pre-course followed by multiple group video teleconference sessions hosted by a GT trainer.
Presented in video format, this self-paced online training can be completed anywhere when you have time to train.
Additional Advanced Training Information
Methods & Materials
Various teaching methods will be utilized consistent with the various levels of complexity of the stated learning objectives in order to assure their attainment at course completion. Teaching methods include lecture/discussion and instructor demonstration followed by laboratory practice. During laboratory practice sessions, small ratios of instructor-to-participants are available so that participants can receive ample instructor feedback as they practice. Teaching materials used include the PowerPoint presentation, prepared case analyses, and the Participant Packet including its handouts.
Advanced Training participants must hold a valid clinical license and must have successfully completed Essential Training. It is also recommended that participants currently be utilizing advanced orthopedic and functional testing in their clinical practices. A working knowledge of functional anatomy, human movement analysis, and the principles of regional interdependence, as they apply to injury recognition and treatment, are recommended. A review of the anatomical structures of the spine, and upper and lower extremities is most appropriate prior to attending the course.
Most of the training is in a lab setting with hands-on instrument instruction, so proper dress is required. Proper clothing includes loose-fitting athletic shorts (not spandex). For women, a top that can expose the scapula such as a racerback sports bra, low-cut tank top, or cami will allow your lab partners proper access to the body regions that we will treat. To prevent any potential emollient exposure to your clothing, it is optional to bring a towel for draping.
Clinicians are treated with Graston Technique instruments during the trainings. Any condition contraindicated for soft tissue mobilization is contraindicated for GT. We advise all pregnant clinicians to consult their treating doctor or healthcare provider before registering or attending a course.
Advanced training participants are assessed using an Advanced Training Rubric completed by the GT Instructor that verifies that each participant has achieved the acceptable level of Essential and Advanced learning activity performance by the completion of the course.
ADVANCED TRAINING FAQs
Is Graston Technique® something new?
The concept of cross fiber massage is not new. Graston Technique® is grounded in the works of Dr. James Cyriax, a British orthopedic surgeon.
What conditions can be treated with the Graston Technique®?
GT-trained clinicians use GT instruments to effectively and efficiently address soft tissue lesions and fascial restrictions while treating acute and chronic conditions, including:
- Achilles Tendinitis/osis (ankle pain)
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (wrist pain)
- Cervicothoracic Sprain/Strain (neck pain)
- Lateral Epicondylitis/osis (tennis elbow)
- Lumbosacral Sprain/Strain (back pain)
- Medial Epicondylitis/osis (golfer’s elbow)
- Myofascial Pain Syndromes
- Patellofemoral Disorders (knee pain)
- Plantar Fasciitis/osis (foot pain)
- Post surgeries such as joint replacements, RTC repairs (once post-surgical protocol allows for soft tissue
- mobilization/manual therapy)
- Rotator Cuff Tendinitis/osis (shoulder pain)
- Scar Tissue/post-surgical scars (once completely closed)
- Patients demonstrating central and/or peripheral sensitization (only used in light stroking/brushing mode to desensitize)
- Shin Splints
- Trigger Finger
- Women’s Health (post-mastectomy and Caesarean scarring)
Graston Technique® can be used to treat any movement system dysfunction that has been determined to have a soft tissue component.
What is the cost of the training and instruments?
The training and instrument costs can be found by entering through the Clinician portal off the home page, to Training & Education, and then Training Fees. The Essential is $650. The Advanced is $695. The full set of 6 instruments costs $2395.
Who is eligible for training?
GT training is multi-disciplinary and is available to the following licensed professionals:
- Canadian Massage Therapists
- Certified Hand Therapists
- Certified/Licensed Athletic Trainers
- Certified Personal Trainers
- Cross Fit Trainers
- Medical Physicians
- Occupational Therapists
- Occupational Therapist Assistants
- Physical Therapists/Physiotherapists
- Physical Therapist Assistants
- Students (In the final year of one of the above programs)
- Strength and Conditioning Specialists
- U.S. Massage Therapists (see below)
U.S. Massage Therapist Requirements
With the guidance of some of the top advisors in the field of massage therapy, we have found the appropriate balance of education and experience that will allow massage therapists to be successful in the application of Graston Technique® therapy.
- Current massage therapy license or certification
- Pass exam or be certified in MBLEx, NCBTMB, NCETMB, NCETM, or NESL
- or work in an office with a licensed PT, DC, or ATC
- 750 clinical hours of education with 250 hands-on hours of experience.
What if I have to cancel my training reservation?
If you need to cancel your registration for any reason, you can obtain a full refund of your training fees within 72 hours of your purchase. No refunds are given after 72 hours of purchase.
After 72 hours, your training fees can be transferred to a virtual training class or a future in-person training class of your choosing that falls within 12 months of the original cancellation date.
You may also apply your training fees towards other Graston Technique® products within 12 months of original cancellation date.
Any training fees that are not used within 12 months of the original cancellation date are subject to forfeiture.
Self-paced programs that have been started and Graston products that have been opened will not be refunded.