The Graston Technique is an instrumental muscle recovery tool and may be beneficial if added to your treatment plan. This technique finds its roots in a traditional Chinese method that promotes healing by scraping muscle tissue to stimulate blood flow. A variation of this method was adopted by an athlete named David Graston. Upon successfully treating a knee injury using this massage technique he was determined to introduce it to the rest of the sports world. The Graston Technique has since been used to help thousands of athletes and weekend warriors recover from strained and pulled muscles, ligaments and tendons. Patients with chronic pain and inflammation have also benefited.


Graston Technique is successful due to its ability to disrupt the pain cycle and scar tissue formation. Muscles are comprised of different fibers, and as fibers become tight, they build up toxins. The Graston Technique uses a stainless-steel instrument and a pinpoint massage method to identify areas of muscle adhesion, or scar-like tissue, that can be improved. Your healthcare provider uses the instrument in a gliding motion to stretch and relax the muscle tissues. This leads to changes in soft tissue flexibility and range of motion. In the clinic, we begin treatment by warming up your muscles. Second, we apply pressure with the tool gently across the injured area using big, broad strokes. The steel tool helps the provider to feel for muscle vibrations and identify specific areas to work. Most patients can benefited greatly by incorporating this technique with their chiropractic adjustments.


This ancient alternative medicine therapy may aid in relieving chronic pain, increasing mobility and recovering faster after strenuous exercise. The strokes on the oily skin stimulate blood circulation in the affected area, breaking down scar tissue and treating muscle pain, which in turn fosters faster cell recovery. Some providers claim that scraping muscles can help the immune system and reduce localized inflammation. It could be used to treat a cold, fever, chronic neck pain, tension headaches, and even some lung problems.


Firstly, scraping muscles is not recommended for every person. If you had any surgery in the last five weeks, you should stay away from Graston therapy. Since the technique promotes the circulation of the blood, people who are taking blood thinners or have clotting disorders also must avoid this form of therapy.

Do not try scraping muscles if you have deep vein thrombosis, an infection, tumor, or wound that has not fully healed, or you have an implant such as a pacemaker or internal defibrillator.

The benefits of scraping muscles outweigh any side effects, especially for athletes who feel tight spots or soreness after training sessions. So, if you live or work near the San Francisco Telegraph Hill – North Beach – Financial District and feel you would be a good candidate for our Graston therapy, we would love to meet you. To schedule an appointment with our San Francisco Chiropractor, please call 415–421–1115 or book an appointment online.

  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cervical Sprain/Strain
  • Trigger Finger
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Tension Headaches
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Lateral Epicondylitis or Tennis Elbow
  • Medial Epicondylitis or Golfer's Elbow
  • Lumbar Sprain/Strain
  • Rotator Cuff Syndrome
  • Shin Splints
  • Sports Injuries

Graston Technique is used to help restore movement patterns in injured tissues.

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  • First Appointment 40 min.
  • All Other Appointments 20 min.
  • First Visit Includes Consult/Examination/1st Treatment
  • Discussion of Procedure, pre and post
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Dry needling use achieves a variety of effects, including:

  • Decrease Pain
  • Improve Range of Motion
  • Decrease Accumulated Tension in Muscles
  • Restore Normal pH to an Area
  • Decrease Local Inflammatory Chemicals
  • Helps Reset Normal Resting Muscle Tone
  • Inhibit or Facilitate Muscles