Graston Technique/HawkGrips Ambler & Ft Washington, PA

Graston Technique/HawkGrips

Dresher Physical Therapy now offers this innovative and proven approach to the treatment of “soft tissue” injuries — The Graston Technique. By utilizing one or more of six specially-designed stainless steel instruments, a physical therapist trained in The Graston Technique can more effectively detect and treat areas of scar tissue or adhesions in muscles, tendons, or ligaments that can cause pain and dysfunction.

In the healing process from injury, our bodies ultimately repair muscles, tendons, and ligaments by laying down scar tissue, which is similar to the scar tissue that forms on the skin when you have scraped or banged it. However, scar tissue is not as strong or flexible as the normal, healthy, undamaged tissue. Over time, the scar tissue can excessively build up and become fibrous and knotted. This is can lead to pain and dysfunction.

The Graston Technique instruments allow the physical therapist to better detect and treat these areas of scar tissue and adhesions. Unlike the pads of the fingers which compress tissue, the instruments separate the individual fibers of tissue and “comb” out the restrictions, which allows for deeper penetration in the tissue. The stainless steel actually amplifies what the hands can feel, just as a stethoscope amplifies what the ear can hear when listening to the heart and lungs.

Many injuries have been successfully treated using The Graston Technique, including neck and back pain, shoulder pain, wrist pain, knee pain, foot and ankle pain, tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, fibromyalgia, tendinitis, shin splints, scar tissue injuries, and trigger points. When the technique is combined with the necessary stretching and strengthening exercises as well as ultrasound, and heat/cold treatments, it provides a remarkable adjunct to the physical therapy rehabilitation experience and allows the patient to recover quicker and more completely. Additionally, The Graston Technique reduces the need for anti-inflammatory medication and may resolve chronic conditions once thought to be permanent.

Dresher Physical Therapy is one of the few physical therapy facilities in the area that is trained in The Graston Technique. We are excited to offer a cutting-edge treatment that is changing the way soft tissue injuries are being treated. If you are curious about The Graston Technique, or still have lingering pain or discomfort from an injury, please do not hesitate to ask us if this technique is appropriate for you.

For more information, Contact us at Ambler & Ft Washington, PA centers.