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Become A Graston Technique® Specialist

We’ve curated your roadmap to becoming a fully certified Graston Technique® Specialist with variable options for training and instrument access along the way.

Monthly Webinar Series

Every month we feature a new webinar presented by one of our certified GT® Specialist Clinical Advisors. Reserve your spot today.

Continued Education

Review our catalog of 60+ Short Courses, each one registered and eligible for CEUs*.

*CEUs dependent on your state licensing requirements

When you become a Graston Technique® Provider you are joining over 49,000 clinicians standing at the cutting edge of IASTM research and education.

We’ve created a path to becoming a fully certified Graston Technique® Specialist that consists of Essential and Advanced levels of training followed by a comprehensive Specialist Exam.

We provide multiple options for completing your training journey including: fully online, self-paced courses; in-person training event weekends, hosted all around North America; live virtual sessions; and hybrid options that combine all of these learning modes.

All courses are eligible for CEUs.* Find out more…

Graston Technique® 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.

Graston Technique® Specialist Certification Journey

Essential Training

The primary objective of Essential Training is to develop an understanding of Graston Technique® therapy and how to apply it into the full spectrum of musculoskeletal treatment approaches. This training also instructs clinicians on the proper use of the instruments.

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Advanced Training

The goal of Advanced Training is to further the participant’s skills in the successful management of musculoskeletal dysfunction using Graston Technique® therapy and movement. Emphasis is on therapy examination and treatment approach for musculoskeletal dysfunction and mechanical pain that can be applied in all patient cases.

Participants learn to select and implement the most efficient and effective therapy interventions, while restoring function and alleviating pain.

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GT Specialist Certification

Once you have completed the Essential and Advanced Trainings you are eligible to complete the Graston Technique® Specialist Certification Exam—a comprehensive exam testing the full range of knowledge and skills in the Graston Technique—to become a fully certified GT Specialist.

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GT Short Courses

Explore our library of 60+ Short Courses available for purchase and review on your own time. This course library contains over 60 CEUs worth of material.

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World Class Instructors

Expert Clinical Advisors delivering unrivaled instruction

Our certified instructors boast extensive clinical expertise, offering unparalleled guidance honed over countless hours of training. Experience unparalleled quality instruction firsthand, ensuring your journey is precise and transformative.

Top Of The Line Instruments

Precision, Performance, Results

An all-encompassing toolkit fine-tuned for practitioners of the Graston Technique. Each instrument is meticulously crafted to target various anatomical areas, offering unparalleled precision in soft tissue manipulation.

Don't Just Take Our Word For It

"I have been treating patients with Graston Technique® since 2008 and it has yielded positive results in a variety of pathologies! I just became one of the proud new owners of Dynamic Physical Therapy in Charleston, WV, and we treat patients and athletes with GT daily to supplement their treatment plans. It is a staple in our clinic."

Derek Raynes, MS, ATC, PES

South Charleston, WV

"The Graston Technique® has been an excellent component to incorporate in our treatment plans. The dynamic component allows you to treat your athletes in a functional sports specific position to realistically treat their restrictions."

Erin Jordan, MS, ATC

Statesboro, Georgia

"Graston Technique® allows me to place my athletes in their sport-specific positions in order to precisely isolate and release soft tissue restrictions that are interfering with their optimal movement patterns. It has been a key factor in returning both my professional and recreational athletes to the top of their game, be it track & field, golf, triathlons or ultrarunning."

Robyn Pester, PT, ATC, Eugene, OR

"Graston Technique® is FABULOUS!! It's amazing what you can feel through the tools and the depth in tissue you can reach with them. Since using the Graston Technique® instruments, my hands are no longer sore from STM and my patients have reported feeling significant relief from their symptoms! It's a win-win!"

Kari Redfield, OTR/L, Visalia, CA

"There is much more to Graston Technique® than stainless steel instruments and a ‘gritty’ sensation. The technique is the result of proficient people offering an exceptional product, in a comprehensive and intelligible manner. That makes the integration of Graston Technique® into my office an easy decision for me… I am in!"

Stephen Flynn, DC, Auburn, ME

"Excellent organization; gave core knowledge (instrument handling & strokes) that can be applied to multiple areas/conditions. Even after 30 years of practice experience, this technique has tremendously changed my patient management strategies resulting in improved clinical outcomes, higher levels of patient satisfaction, and increased patient referrals."

Steven  Zajac, DC, Buffalo, NY

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What is Graston Technique, and How Does It Work?

FAQ's

Who should take Graston Technique® Training?

Advanced 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. Working knowledge of functional anatomy, human movement analysis, and the principles of regional interdependence, as they apply to injury recognition and treatment, is recommended. A review of the anatomical structures of the spine, and upper and lower extremities are most appropriate prior to attending the course. Advanced Training is multi-disciplinary and is available to, but not limited to, Certified Athletic Trainers, Acupuncturists, Physical Therapists and Assistants, Occupational Therapists and Assistants, Fitness Professionals, Massage Therapists, Doctors of Chiropractic, and Physicians. If Essential Training took place prior to January 1, 2015, clinicians must first complete the 3-hour Essential Updates and Revisions Course ($59 or free with Advanced Training registration) before proceeding to Advanced Training registration.

Who are the instructors?

The Graston Technique® Instructional Team is committed to providing the highest caliber of hands-on training available, based on evidence-based research and industry best practices. We’re extremely proud of the 50+ advisors and instructors who help us shape the future of Graston Technique® therapy. 

How many CEUs will I receive?

Traditionally our Essential Training has 12 CEU's that are accredited for and for our Advanced Training 14 CEU's while our Upper Quarter Training has 8 CEU's.

What is the cost of the training and instruments?

The Essential Training is $650. The Advanced Training is $695. The full set of 6 instruments costs $2395.

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.

How much does Advanced Self-Paced Training cost?

The course consists of 14 modules with a maximum of 60 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 $2590. 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.

How do I renew my GTS credential?

You will receive a reminder before your GTS credential expires (every 2 years), notifying you of the expiration date and providing the opportunity to take the GTS credential quiz($99) to extend for another 2 years.

What if I need to cancel?

The course consists of 14 modules with a maximum of 30 days to complete the training. Should you need to cancel your registration for any reason, your training fee can be transferred to another date/location of your choosing. Your transfer must be applied within 12 months of cancellation date. You may also apply your training fees towards other Graston Technique® products within 12 months of cancellation date. Any training fees not used within 12 months of cancellation date are subject to forfeiture. Graston Technique, LLC reserves the right to alter dates, times, locations, content, and faculty to accommodate unexpected needs. Graston Technique, LLC cannot be responsible for expenses incurred by registrants if the program is cancelled or altered.

What conditions can be treated with the Graston Technique®?

GT training is multi-disciplinary and is available to the following licensed professionals: Acupuncturists Canadian Massage Therapists Certified Hand Therapists Certified/Licensed Athletic Trainers Chiropractors 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) U.S. Massage Therapists (see below) Veterinarians Only clinicians who have been trained in the Graston Technique® Basic course are qualified to obtain the Graston Technique® instruments and apply the technique to treat patients. The course is offered either on-site or at trainings offered throughout the year at a variety of locations.

Is Graston Technique® an Evidenced-Based Form of Manual Therapy?

Empirical and anecdotal evidence exists for the following physiological effects of GT: Separates and breaks down collagen cross-links, and splays and stretches connective tissue and muscle fibers Facilitates reflex changes in the chronic muscle holding pattern (inhibition of abnormal tone/guarding leading to pain reduction via improved sensory input) Alters/inhibits spinal reflex activity (facilitated segment) Increases the rate and amount of blood flow to and from the area (angiogenesis vs. immediate local increases in blood flow) Increases cellular activity in the region, including fibroblasts and mast cells Increases histamine response secondary to mast cell activity

Can anyone obtain the instruments?

GT training is multi-disciplinary and is available to the following licensed professionals: Acupuncturists Canadian Massage Therapists Certified Hand Therapists Certified/Licensed Athletic Trainers Chiropractors 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) U.S. Massage Therapists (see below) Veterinarians Only clinicians who have been trained in the Graston Technique® Basic course are qualified to obtain the Graston Technique® instruments and apply the technique to treat patients. The course is offered either on-site or at trainings offered throughout the year at a variety of locations.

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.

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.