The Graston technique is a highly effective soft tissue therapy that is used to treat pain and injuries of muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia, and nerves.

Graston in Lincoln, NE

Our doctors at The Body Lab use Graston as part of a well-rounded treatment approach to treat the soft tissues of the body to help encourage blood flow, relieve pain, and facilitate healing. Combined with specific exercises, Graston is an effective and research-supported method for reducing pain and tension.

How it Works

Graston (also commonly referred to as muscle “scraping”) is a form of manual therapy known as instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM).

This technique involves the utilization of specially designed instruments to detect and treat areas of soft-tissue fibrosis, adhesions, and chronic inflammation by increasing blood flow, reducing facial restrictions, and helping to restore proper movement. This can be particularly beneficial for athletes or individuals with mobility limitations.

The mechanical stimulation provided by muscle scraping is thought to stimulate the body’s natural healing response. This can be beneficial for individuals recovering from injuries or dealing with chronic pain.

Athletes and individuals engaging in regular physical activity often use muscle scraping as part of their recovery routine. It is believed to help expedite the recovery process and reduce muscle soreness.

What it treats

Head & Neck
  • Neck pain
  • Headaches / Migraines
  • Whiplash Injuries
  • Jaw / TMJ Pain
  • Numbness / Tingling
  • Low back pain
    Upper and mid back pain
    SI joint dysfunction
    Disc herniations
    Muscle spasms
  • Rotator cuff injuries
  • Tendonitis
  • Labral tears
  • Shoulder impingement
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Tennis elbow
  • Golfer’s elbow
  • Carpal tunnel
  • Tendonitis
  • Numbness / tingling
  • Finger / thumb / wrist pain
  • Hip impingement
  • Labral tears
  • Piriformis syndrome
  • Bursitis
  • Patellar tendonitis (jumper’s knee)
  • IT band syndrome
  • Patellofemoral pain syndrome (runner’s knee)
Ankle & Foot
  • Ankle sprains
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Heel pain
  • Big toe pain
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome


Who can benefit from muscle scraping?

can benefit from muscle scraping?
While this technique is typically not performed on young children, mostly anyone else can benefit from muscle scraping, whether you have muscle tension, scar tissue, chronic pain, mobility restrictions, or muscle or joint pain.

Are there any side effects from muscle scraping?

Mild bruising or skin discoloration is common and normal following a scraping session and typically dissipates within a few days.

Will I feel immediate relief?

Everyone has a slightly different response to muscle scraping. Some people feel immediate relief, while others feel relief in the day or two after their session.

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