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 this course, participants will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the safe application of the Graston Technique utilizing each GT Instrument
  • Describe how Graston Technique is integrated into the full spectrum of patient care, including documentation and billing
  • Identify the indications and contraindications of Graston Technique® therapy
  • Recognize common responses to GT Treatment, both positive and adverse
  • Design a treatment plan utilizing Graston Technique® therapy (GT) applied to the spine and extremities utilizing various of modes of application
  • Explain the current research justifying the inclusion of the Graston Technique® therapy as an evidence based intervention for treating musculoskeletal dysfunction


Self-Paced Training

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

Live Virtual Training

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

Hybrid Training

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

Essential Training Overview


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

  • Am I required to purchase instruments to attend Essential training?

    You are not required to purchase instruments to benefit from GT Training because GT supplies the instruments for the Essential and Advanced in-person, hybrid, and live online training events. Instruments are included with our Essential Self-Paced Training package. However, Graston Technique is designed to work best with Graston Technique Instruments – and if you would like to become a GT Provider after the training you need instruments for that certification. We offer flexible financing plans as well as an instrument reservation program that ensures you’ll be able to take instruments home with you after your training.

  • How much does Advanced Self-Paced Training cost?

    The course consists of 14 modules with a maximum of 30 days to complete the training. Self-Paced Advanced Training costs $695. Please call in at 888.926.2727 for student and veteran pricing. The cost for Self-Paced Advanced Training with an instrument set is $2490. Please call in at 888.926.2727 for payment plan details. Clinicians have the opportunity to save $100 when registering for Advanced Training within the 30 days following your Essential Training date.

  • What kind of results does Graston Technique® produce?

    Historically, the Graston Technique® has had positive outcomes in 75-90 percent of all conditions treated. It is equally effective in restoring function to acute and chronic injuries, pre- and post-surgical patients and maintaining optimal range of motion.

  • Do you have payment plans available?

    Graston Technique now offers an in-house Deferred Payment Plan on purchases over $1500. Use our payment calculator during checkout to determine your downpayment amount and the duration to calculate your monthly payment. Prefer to talk to a human being? Call us today at 888-926-2727.

  • Who is eligible for training?

    Eligible Clinicians

    GT training is multi-disciplinary and is available to the following professionals:

    • Acupuncturists
    • Canadian Massage Therapists
    • Certified Hand Therapists
    • Certified/Licensed Athletic Trainers
    • Certified Personal Trainers
    • Chiropractors
    • Cross Fit Trainers
    • Dentists
    • Medical Physicians
    • Occupational Therapists
    • Occupational Therapist Assistants
    • Osteopaths
    • Physical Therapists/Physiotherapists
    • Physical Therapist Assistants
    • Podiatrists
    • Students (In the final year of one of the above programs)
    • Strength and Conditioning Specialists (CSCS)
    • U.S. Massage Therapists (see below)
    • Veterinarians

    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.