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Graston Technique® is a soft tissue diagnostic and therapeutic method that has been used in outpatient clinics since 1994. GT instruments – made of stainless steel, specifically designed and developed as an alternative to manual transverse friction massage – are used as an aid in the diagnosis and treatment of soft tissue pathology and dysfunction. The instruments provide diagnostic tactile feedback to both the clinician and the patient, as the instruments act as a focused extension of the clinician’s own hands.

Clinical experience has shown that Graston Technique® is of benefit in the management of a large variety of musculoskeletal disorders. These include: carpal tunnel syndrome, cervical pain, deQuervain’s syndrome, epicondylitis, fibromyalgia, IT band syndrome, joint sprain, lower back pain, muscle strain, painful scar, plantar fasciitis, post fracture pain and tendinitis. A large case series found that Graston Technique® reduces numbness, increases patient functional capabilities both in ADLs, and work related function.

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Why Graston Technique Could be for You

SportsCare’s PT Ricardo Costa is one of the certified Graston Technique therapists practicing in Whippany, New Jersey. Ric came across Graston Technique after having several patients not responding well to traditional soft tissue mobilization and joint mobilization.

“I needed another tool for the box, when I looked up Graston Technique, an instrument assisting soft tissue mobilization, I saw all the great success stories behind the technique. I also saw very similar cases to those of my struggling patients. ” 

In August 2012, Selene Yeager wrote an article about Olympic Gold Medalist Michael Phelps which included a part where Phelps talks about how his trainer used the Graston Technique for his recovery.

“My trainer, Keenan [Robinson], uses Graston tools, these little metal crowbars. He carves them into my shoulder blades, my back, my knee, my hamstrings—wherever I’m really tight—to loosen things up. It’s pretty intense. But these type of things help me to be close to my best every time I jump in the water.”

So are athletes the only candidates for this kind of “intense” therapy? Not according to Ric, “This kind of treatment is pretty much available to everyone. Graston can be especially helpful in treating plantar fasciatis, tennis elbow, golfers elbow, heel pain, carpal tunnel, myofascial pain. traumatic and surgical scars, tendonosis, back pain, neck pain, etc.”

The Graston Technique instruments allow therapists to detect small adhesions, scar tissue or restrictions on the body. By brushing the instrument over a site, therapists are able to loosen any muscle fibers that have healed incorrectly and align new cells. 

The benefits of the Graston Technique have proven to be invaluable to both patients and therapists. It can decrease overall time of treatment, foster faster recovery, reduce the need for inflammatory medication, and resolve chronic conditions.

For more information check out www.grastontechnique.com or call SportsCare Whippany at 973-560-0550.

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