Graston Technique®

Graston Technique® is an interdisciplinary treatment used by more than 6,500 clinicians worldwide—including athletic trainers, chiropractors, hand therapists, occupational and physical therapists.

Graston Technique® is utilized at some 700 out-patient facilities and industrial on-sites, by more than 120 professional and amateur sports organizations, and is part of the curriculum at 29 respected colleges and universities.

The Graston Technique®, originally developed by athletes, is changing the way clinicians — including athletic trainers, chiropractors, physical therapists, occupational therapists — and patients view treatment of acute and chronic soft tissue injuries.

Graston Technique® is an innovative, patented form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization that enables clinicians to effectively break down scar tissue and fascial restrictions. The Technique utilizes specially designed stainless steel instruments to specifically detect and effectively treat areas exhibiting soft tissue fibrosis or chronic inflammation.

Clinical Applications of the Patented Graston Technique® Instruments

The Graston Technique® Instruments, while enhancing the clinician’s ability to detect fascial adhesions and restrictions, have been clinically proven to achieve quicker and better outcomes in treating both acute and chronic conditions, including:

Cervical sprain/strain (neck pain)

Lumbar sprain/strain (back pain)

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (wrist pain)

Plantar Fasciitis (foot pain)

Lateral Epicondylitis (tennis elbow)

Medial Epicondylitis (golfer’s elbow)

Rotator Cuff Tendinitis (shoulder pain)

Patellofemoral Disorders (knee pain)

Achilles Tendinitis (ankle pain)


Scar Tissue

Trigger Finger

Shin Splints

Outcome Studies

TherapyCare Resources, Inc. (TCR) has analyzed the results of patient care by utilizing the outcome analysis system of the Graston Technique® for licensed clinicians. The positive clinical results achieved thus far have led to additional research that explores patient responses to Graston Technique®. Patient outcome data that measures pain and function — including activities of daily living — continues to be gathered.

FAKTR Concept

The FAKTR concept was developed by Dr. Thomas Hyde and Dr. Greg Doerr, two clinicians with over 20 years of combined experience with chiropractic, rehabilitation and soft tissue manipulation.

FAKTR, an acronym, stands for Functional And Kinetic Treatment with Rehab. This means that treatment is rendered while the patient is in a position of provocation (pain, loss of range of motion, tightness) and during motion. FAKTR can treat sprains and strains, nerve entrapments, fascial scar tissue/restrictions and tendinopathies. From plantar fasciitis to tennis elbow to post-surgical recovery, FAKTR protocols are designed to treat most musculoskeletal conditions caused by normal activities of daily living. Work related injuries, motor vehicle accidents and sports injuries are common sources of pain well suited to FAKTR treatment.