What is Graston Technique?

If you’re looking for Graston Technique (GT) soft tissue therapy in St. Albert or Edmonton, you’ve come to the right place.

Our doctors have been providing Graston Technique to the St. Albert and Edmonton area since 2009. At the Maloney Elkassem clinic, we use Graston Technique as a key component of treating many types of injuries.  

Graston Technique is one of the most well known types of instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM).  During a Graston treatment, a clinician will glide over the skin with an ergonomically designed, blunt edged Graston instrument while applying the appropriate amount of pressure so as to 'massage' the underlying soft tissue (which can include muscles, tendons, ligaments or fascia).  This usually feels similar to receiving a deep massage. The intent of GT is to detect and effectively break down scar tissue and fascial restrictions, leading to improved range of motion affected soft tissue.  A Graston treatment has been described as being the muscular equivalent to running a comb through tangled hair to remove the tangles and knots.

What Conditions can Graston Techniques help with?

Graston Technique treatment is clinically proven to achieve faster and better outcomes for acute and chronic conditions such as:

  • IT Band Syndrome
  • Lumbar Strain
  • Neck Pain
  • Shin Splints
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Achilles Tendonitis 
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Adhesive Capsulitis (Frozen shoulder) 
  • Medial and Lateral Epicondylitis (golfer's and tennis elbow)


Graston Technique is used extensively in the rehabilitation of sports injuries and workplace injuries.