Soft tissue injuries can be debilitating and frustrating. Graston Technique® (GT) therapy is successful in effectively treating all soft tissue conditions, whether they are chronic, acute or post- surgical. GT therapy can help you enjoy life again.
Our unique technique and instruments enable the treatment of scar tissue and fascial restrictions during rehabilitation that allows for faster rehabilitation and with greater success when the goal is restoring range of motion, eliminating pain, and restoring normal function.
Rotator cuff injury is the most common problem affecting the shoulder, accounting for 4.5 million physician office visits per year. Injuries can range from a mild strain of a single tendon to a complete rupture of multiple tendons. Strains of the rotator cuff can occur abruptly from falling, pushing, pulling, throwing, or lifting. More commonly it develops from multiple factors, including repetitive injury and age-related attrition. Damage often begins at the undersurface of the supraspinatus tendon and progresses from a partial to a full-thickness tear.
Individuals with a rotator cuff injury may have difficulty bringing their arm above their head or moving it out to their side. They may also have trouble reaching behind their back.
Back sprain/strain injuries may result from a single traumatic event or occur from repetitive mechanical overloading. Acute sprain/ strain injuries are often caused by sudden movements like a fall, twist, lift, push, pull, direct blow, or abrupt straightening from a prolonged seated or crouched position. Acute strains are responsible for 60% of athletic injuries involving the lumbar spine and occur most often during practice. Athletes that participate in football and gymnastics have an increased rate of having a lumbar injury. Acute injuries are most likely to occur during the combined motions of lateral bending with flexion, extension, or rotation.
Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis) is the most common cause of elbow pain. The condition is related to repetitive wrist extension and is commonly referred to as "tennis elbow", although the majority of those affected do not play tennis.
Tennis elbow occurs from excessive force or repetitive movement combined with improper biomechanics or posture. The primary risk factors for tennis elbow include repeated wrist extension and forearm supination/ pronation. Certain occupations and activities are predisposed to Tennis Elbow. This includes carpenters, bricklayers, seamstresses, tailors, pianists, drummers, and those who perform prolonged keyboard or mouse work.
Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is caused by mechanical compression of the median nerve within the carpal tunnel. This compression causes local reduced blood flow to the area and results in sensory or motor deficits in the distribution of the median nerve.
CTS is the most common nerve entrapment. The condition will typically affect females more than males. The peak incidence of CTS is adults age 45-60.
CTS symptoms may begin at night and progress from daytime activity to constant annoyance. Symptoms are aggravated by gripping activities, such as, reading the paper, driving, or painting. In the beginning stages of CTS symptoms may be relieved by "shaking the hands out" In more severe cases, hand weakness or decreased muscle tissue may be present. Individuals may also experience dropping things or clumsiness which may be more related to diminished sensory involvement as opposed to a true motor deficit. Complaints of a tight/swollen feeling, skin color changes, or hand temperature changes have also been reported and may be related to compression of the median nerve.
Golfer's Elbow is the most common cause of medial (inside) elbow pain. It is most prevalent in your 40s and 50s, and affects both men and women equally. The condition strikes the dominant arm in 75% - 82% of cases.
Although the condition is named "golfer's elbow," one study found that 90- 95% of those affected were not even athletes, much less golfers. Nonetheless, the condition is more common in certain populations, particularly those participating in sports that require repetitive flexion/pronation such as golfing and throwing. Golfers are most vulnerable from the top of their back swing until ball impact. Similarly, in baseball players, the medial elbow is at highest risk during the acceleration phase of throwing. Bowling, football, archery, and weight lifting are potential triggers. Occupations such as carpentry, predispose patients to Golfer's Elbow.
Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain. Plantar fasciitis may present in both heels in approximately in 20-30% of those affected. The condition is most common in young runners and middle-aged women. Typically, majority of plantar fascia patients are 40 years old and older.
Some occupations will leave you predisposed to plantar fasciitis. This includes teachers, construction workers, cooks, nurses, distance runners, etc. Individuals with tightness in their hamstrings and calf muscles have an increased risk of developing plantar fasciitis due to the limiting range of motion in the foot, which the plantar fasica has to accomodate for.