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Graston Technique®

Reduce scar tissue and alleviate pain without surgery!

As physical therapists, we perform what’s called soft tissue mobilization.  Soft tissue mobilization is a form of manual physical therapy where your physical therapist uses hands-on techniques on your muscles, ligaments and fascia with the goal of breaking adhesions and optimizing your muscle function. Adhesions are your body’s attempt to heal a soft tissue injury with a lengthy inflammation process, resulting in long strands of collagenous scar tissue. These new tissues pull against one another, forming trigger points of pain.

Goals of Soft Tissue Mobilization:

  • Break down or reduce adhesions
  • Improve range of motion
  • Lengthen muscles and tendons
  • Reduce swelling and edema
  • Decrease pain
  • Restore functionality

At HealthQuest, we proudly offer many types of soft tissue treatment techniques, specifically the Graston Technique® (GT) is one we use often!  It is successful in treating most soft tissue conditions and injuries, whether they are chronic, acute or post surgical. The GT can help you enjoy life again! This remarkable non-invasive procedure allows us to detect and treat areas of “scar tissue” or adhesions and fascial restrictions in muscles, tendons and ligaments that can lead to pain and limit your activities.

How Graston Works 

The Graston Technique(GT) is non-invasive and uses specially designed stainless-steel instruments that glide along a patient’s muscles, tendons and ligaments and acts like a “scar tissue” stethoscope. As the instruments are moved over the affected area and come in contact with the adhesions, they help break up scar tissue and fascial restrictions. In time, this process will reduce or eliminate the adhered fibers, restoring range of motion and eliminating the associated pain. It will help transform your soft tissue injury into healthy functioning tissue.

Benefits of GT:

  • Decreases overall time of treatment
  • Fosters faster rehabilitation/recovery
  • Reduces need for anti-inflammatory medication
  • Resolves chronic conditions thought to be permanent

Minor discomfort (similar to an intense deep tissue massage) during the initial treatment is normal but should dramatically lessen within a short period of time. Stretching and strengthening exercises are then used to promote realignment of the fibers so that they behave more like normal, healthy tissue.  GT is clinically proven to achieve faster and better outcomes for acute and chronic conditions.

Top 12 Conditions Effectively Treated by the Graston Technique® :

  • Neck pain
  • Low back pain
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Tennis elbow
  • Golfer’s elbow
  • Rotator cuff tendonitis
  • Knee pain
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • IT band syndrome
  • Shin splints
  • Fibromyalgia

Call today to schedule your FREE injury or pain assessment (855) 477-8463. Offering locations in Oakland, Macomb and Lapeer Counties throughout Southeast Michigan. We are locally owned and operated rehabilitation health facilities, where our patients are more than a number…they are family!