The Graston Technique® (GT) is a trademarked therapeutic method for diagnosing and treating disorders of the skeletal muscles and related connective tissue. The general term for the treatment is Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Manipulation (IASTM).
The method employs a collection of six stainless steel tools of particular shape and size, which are used by practitioners to palpate patients’ bodies in order to detect and resolve adhesions in the muscles and tendons. Practitioners must be licensed by the parent corporation in order to use the Graston Technique trademark or the patented instruments. Several examples of Graston treatment have been tested in combat sports where scars and contusions are common.