Graston Technique St. Catharines

Graston Technique® (GT) Can Help With:

  • Treat deep tissue dysfunctions
  • Decrease fibrous adhesion in the muscles
  • Restore normal tissue function (sports injury treatment, neuromusculoskeletal conditions, etc.)
  • Decrease pain (hip pain, knee pain, neck pain, joint dysfunction, etc.) 

Benefits of Graston Technique® (GT)

Graston is a soft tissue technique which utilizes six stainless steel instruments, uniquely shaped to treat different areas of the body. By utilizing these instruments, as well as, incorporating stretching and rehab, clinicians are able to effectively treat deep tissue dysfunctions.

The goal of the Graston Technique® is to decrease fibrous adhesion in an effort to restore normal tissue function while simultaneously decreasing pain. Graston Technique® is an evidence-based form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization that enables clinicians to effectively address scar tissue and fascial restrictions which results in improved outcomes for patient's conditions.


Does insurance cover Graston Technique?

Yes, it does. We are a participating provider with most major health insurances including Medicare and Medicaid. Please contact your insurer to determine if you have coverage for this procedure. If not, we will be happy to work out payment arrangements directly with you.

Who can perform the Graston technique?

The Graston Technique is a manual therapy treatment that uses an instrument called a “Grasper” to stimulate and release trigger points in muscles. The Grasper has been used for over 100 years by chiropractors, osteopaths and physiotherapists as well as other health care professionals such as massage therapists, athletic trainers, physical therapist and occupational therapists.

Is graston technique scientifically proven?

The answer is yes. Graston therapy has been used for over 100 years and it’s still one of the most effective treatments available today. It was developed by Dr. Joseph H. Gratton in 1892, who discovered that applying a series of small circular movements to an area of tissue could stimulate healing.

He found this method worked best on soft tissues such as ligaments or tendons where there are no nerves present.

Does graston cause swelling?

The answer is yes. The use of the Graston technique can result in some degree of tissue damage and subsequent edema, or fluid retention. This may be temporary but it should not last more than a few days after treatment has been completed.

It will usually resolve within one to two weeks. If you have any concerns about this please discuss them with your therapist before beginning therapy.

What other treatment services and advanced techniques do you offer?

Chiropractic care, Massage therapy, Acupunture, Physiotherapy, Soft tissue therapy, Active release techniques, Manual therapy skills with joint manipulation, Activator technique, Adjustive techniques, Functional movement techniques, Muscle release techniques, Effective exercise plans.

Why Choose Graston Technique® (GT) at NHRC St Catharines?

The technique uses six stainless steel instruments, along with appropriate therapeutic exercise, to specifically detect and effectively treat areas exhibiting soft tissue fibrosis or chronic inflammation. The instruments also are used diagnostically to follow the kinetic chain, to locate and treat the cause of the symptom as well as the specific area of pain.

Originally developed by athletes, Graston Technique® is an interdisciplinary treatment used by more than 21,000 clinicians worldwide including physical and occupational therapists, hand therapists, chiropractors, and athletic trainers. GT is utilized at more than 2,400 outpatient facilities, by more than 360 professional and amateur sports organizations, and is part of the curriculum at more than 50 respected colleges and universities.

Areas We Serve:

Our patients come from all across Niagara including:

Western Hill
Port Dalhousie

Insurance Covered physiotherapy, chiropractor, massage therapy. Extended Health Coverage Direct Billing Available.

Clinic Hours:

Monday 8a.m.–7p.m.
Tuesday 8a.m.–7p.m.
Wednesday 8a.m.–7p.m.
Thursday 8a.m.–7p.m.
Friday 8a.m.–6:30p.m.
Saturday 8a.m.–2p.m.
Sunday Closed