Advanced Physical Therapy in Pleasanton is excited to add the Graston Technique!

Graston Treatment has long been used for pain relief in professional sports, and is finally becoming more accessible to the general through physical therapists! The Graston Technique allows physical therapists to detect and break down areas of scar tissue, adhesion's and other restrictions in the muscles, tendons, and ligaments that can restrict range of motion and cause pain. The Graston Technique speeds rehabilitation and recovery, reduces the need for anti-inflammatory medication and allows patients to continue everyday activities. GT gives back the control that is often lost when injury strikes.

How the Graston Technique Works

Your physical therapist will use a set of stainless steel tools that glide along your muscles, tendons and ligaments using a specific amount of pressure to detect fibrotic tissue, which immediately identifies areas of restriction. Once the tissue dysfunction has been identified, the Graston instruments are used to break up the restrictions or adhesion's so that they can be absorbed by the body. Stretching and exercise often accompany the use of the Graston tool set to promote realignment of fibers into the normal pattern of healthy tissue.

What You Can Expect With Our Physical Therapy Scar Tissue Tools

Typically patients will receive two treatments per week over the course of several weeks, which is determined by your physical therapist and your response to treatment. Patients usually notice improvements by the 3rd or 4th treatment, with some patients reporting positive outcomes in as little as one treatment. Graston technique tools decreases the overall time of treatment, fosters faster rehabilitation/recovery, reduces the need for medications and resolves chronic conditions thought to be permanent. If you have discomfort, pain or stiffness, call us to find out if Graston may be an effective treatment for you!

Graston Technique is clinically proven to achieve quicker and better outcomes in treating such conditions as:

  • Achilles Tendinosis/Tendinitis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cervical Sprain/Strain (Neck Pain)
  • De Quervain's Syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia
  • IT Band Syndrome
  • Joint Pain
  • Lateral Epicondylitis/Tendinitis (Tennis Elbow)
  • Medial Epicondylitis/Tendinitis (Golfer's Elbow)
  • Patelofemoral Disorders (Knee Pain)
  • Plantar Faciitis (Foot Pain)
  • Rotator Cuff Tendinosis/itis (Shoulder Pain)
  • Scar Tissue
  • Shin Splints
  • Trigger Finger
  • Women's Health Issues (Post-Mastectomy and Ceasarean Scarring)

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