Essential Training Overview
Graston Technique (GT) therapy is an advanced form of instrument-assisted, soft tissue mobilization (IASTM), 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
By the end of the training, you will be able to:
- Demonstrate a working knowledge of the Graston instruments, GT treatments, potential effects, and benefits
- Identify and discuss the indications, contraindications (relative and absolute)
- Review and develop a better understanding of soft tissue injury healing and potential reactivity to instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization (therapeutic and adverse)
- Develop skill and competence in the GT application of IASTM to the major regions of soft tissue
EXPLORE TRAINING OPTIONS
Our standard 12-hour, in-person group training held over two consecutive days at regional locations.
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.
Presented in video format, this self-paced online training can be completed anywhere when you have time to train.
Essential Training Overview
METHODS & MATERIALS
Multiple teaching methods will be utilized consistent with the various levels of complexity of the learning objectives. These will include explanations, demonstrations, performance, feedback, teaching, supervised open practice, and case troubleshooting. Much of the time is spent in a hands-on, lab setting. Teaching materials include the PowerPoint presentation and Training Materials.
Essential Training participants must be fully licensed professionals who possess a well-developed working knowledge of the human neuromusculoskeletal system and its major structures. A review of the anatomical structures of the spine, and upper and lower extremities is most appropriate prior to attending the course. Prior experience with manual therapy and manual soft tissue mobilization techniques are helpful.
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.
Graston Technique Instructors determine by direct observation that all participants have attained an acceptable level of safe and effective techniques during laboratory practice sessions. Graston Technique maintains a low 14-16 participants: 1 instructor ratio so that all participants receive the feedback necessary to assure their skill acquisition and performance.
Essential 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.