Essential In-Person Training

Graston Technique (GT) therapy is an advanced form of instrument-assisted, soft tissue mobilization, which incorporates the use of six specially designed stainless steel instruments. GT therapy enables clinicians to effectively treat the adverse effects of scar tissue and fascial restrictions as well as improve and maintain optimal range of motion. The purpose of this basic training is to introduce students and clinicians to GT therapy, its clinical applications, physiological effects/benefits, and potential contraindication.

 

Training Fee: $650
Student Training Fee: $550

Training Agenda

Hour 1

Participants will identify & discuss the effects, benefits, physiological responses, indications & contraindications for the Graston Technique® therapy.

    • Welcome and introduction to technique
    • History, physiological rationale of IASTM, principles relating to soft-tissue dysfunction
    • Indications & contraindications
    • Anticipated responses and results from using GT instruments on soft-tissue conditions

Hour 2

Participants will observe & then demonstrate proper handholds and treatment strokes using GT instruments.

    • Introduction to the six GT stainless steel instruments
    • Description of each instrument
    • Proper handholds and treatment strokes
    • Lab instruction in scanning, sweeping, strumming, brushing, swiveling, scooping, j-strokes and framing on anterior thigh
    • How to make a soft-tissue assessment using the GT scanner

Hour 2 – 2.25

Mid-morning break

 

Hour 2.25 – 3.5

Participants will select proper instrument and demonstrate GT techniques (scan, sweep, strum, swivel, scoop, frame, brush and j-stroke) on knee and thigh.

    • Scan, sweep, strum, frame and j-stroke the thigh and knee
    • Detect soft-tissue adhesions in these areas
    • Discuss proper instrument choice
    • Demonstrate treatment protocol

Hour 3.5 – 4.5

Lunch (not provided)

 

Hour 4.5 – 6

Participants will select proper instrument and demonstrate GT techniques (scan, sweep, strum, swivel, scoop, frame, brush and j-stroke) on pelvic region.

Hip, Pelvis, and ITB Labs

    • Scan, sweep, strum, frame and j-stroke the pelvic region
    • Detect soft-tissue adhesions in these areas
    • Discuss proper instrument choice
    • Demonstrate treatment protocol

Hour 6 – 7.5

Participants will select proper instrument and demonstrate techniques on foot and ankle.

Foot and Ankle Labs:

    • Scan, sweep, strum and j-stroke on the foot and ankle
    • Detect soft-tissue adhesions in these areas
    • Discuss proper instrument choice
    • Demonstrate treatment protocol

Hour 7.5 – 8

Participants will discuss & observe techniques and treatment protocol on edema and scars.

Edema and Scars / Course Wrap-up:

    • Scan, sweep, strum and j-stroke
    • Demonstrate treatment protocol

Hour 8 – 8.5

Participants will identify and discuss concepts of evidence-based practice as related to GT research.

 

    • Evidence-based practice
    • GT research

Hour 8.5 – 9

Participants will identify & discuss concepts of clinical practice integration, updated GT research, documentation & billing concerns.

    • GT & clinical integration
    • Documentation
    • Billing

Hour 9 – 10.25

Participants will select proper instrument and demonstrate techniques on hand, forearm and elbow.

Hand, Forearm and Elbow Labs

    • Scan, sweep, strum and j-stroke the hand, forearm and elbow
    • Detect soft-tissue adhesions in these areas
    • Discuss proper instrument choice
    • Demonstrate treatment protocol

Hour 10.25 – 10.5

Mid-morning break

Hour 10.5 – 12

Participants will select proper instrument and demonstrate techniques on the shoulder.

Shoulder Labs

    • Scan, sweep, strum and j-stroke on the shoulder
    • Detect soft-tissue adhesions in this area
    • Discuss proper instrument choice
    • Demonstrate treatment protocol

Hour 12 – 13.25

Participants will select proper instrument and demonstrate techniques on the cervical, thoracic and lumbosacral spines.

Cervical and ThoracoLumbar Labs:

    • Scan, sweep, strum and j-stroke on the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spines
    • Detect soft-tissue adhesions in these areas
    • Discuss proper instrument choice
    • Demonstrate treatment protocol

Hour 13.25 – 13.5

Participants will identify resources available after leaving this course. To successfully complete the training, participants must attend the entire two-day program and pass the supervised labs.

Course Wrap-up:

    • What to do on Monday
    • Available resources
    • Q and A
    • Course Evaluation

EXPLORE MORE TRAINING OPTIONS

Hybrid Training

A 3-hour self-paced precourse followed by a 9-hour, one day in-person group training held at regional locations.

Live Online Training

A 3-hour, self-paced precourse followed by multiple group video teleconference sessions hosted by a GT trainer.

Self-Paced Training

Presented in video format, this self-paced online training can be completed anywhere when you have time to train.