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. ”
Why Graston Technique Could be for You
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.