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Graston Technique

 What is Graston?


The Graston Technique is a form of instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization that uses six specifically designed stainless steel tools to detect and treat muscles, tendons and ligaments that demonstrate decreased function due to injury or chronic overuse.

What are the benefits of the Graston Technique?

Research demonstrates that nearly 87% of all patients achieve their treatment goals with Graston.  Some of the specific benefits are:

  • Releases fascial restrictions and adhesions (scar tissue)
  • Increases skin temperature to facilitate healing
  • Improves muscle memory by facilitating reflex changes in chronic muscle holding patterns
  • Alters spinal reflex activity to decrease trigger point activity and neurologic facilitation
  • Increases local blood flow
  • Repairs degenerated or damaged connective tissue through increased fibroblast activity
  • Allows for more sensitivity in detecting and treating fascial restrictions with instruments versus practitioner's hands
  • Decreases treatment time


How many treatments are necessary?

Each patient is unique.  However, a plan of care typically consists of two visits per week for four to six weeks. Some patients will achieve their treatment goals in as little as one or two treatments. However, on occasion severe chronic conditions my exceed six weeks. After your initial evaluation and treatment we will be better able to tell you what to expect.

What conditions can be treated?

Graston Technique has been highly successful at treating:

  • Tendonopathies such as Tennis Elbow, Golfer's Elbow, Achilles Tendonitis, Patellar Tendonitis, etc.
  • Fascial syndromes such as Plantar Fasciitis, IT Band Syndrome, Compartment Syndromes (Shin Splints), Trigger Finger, etc.
  • Myofascial pain syndromes such as Tension Headaches, Spasms, Fibromyalgia etc.
  • Nerve entrapments such as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
  • Acute and Chronic Muscle Strains and Ligament Sprains
  • Post-Surgical and Traumatic Scarring
  • Edema Reduction

What else will my treatment include?

As with any injury rehabilitation, strengthening and stretching are an important part of your treatment to strengthen damaged muscles and tissue, and to help remodel the adhesions. The types of exercises will be specific to your abilities and condition. In addition, restrictive or functional taping measures may be employed when necessary to enhance the effectiveness of the treatment.

Where can I learn more?


For an excellent article on Graton Technique featured in the October 2008 issue of Fitness Magazine, click here.

For more information about the Graston Technique, please visit www.grastontechnique.com or call our office at (864) 244-2220.

Active Release Techniques (ART)

What is ART?

Active Release Techniques is a myofascial release technique that utilizes patient movement to treat problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves.

What conditions are treated with ART?

Like the Graston Technique, ART is very successful at alleviating pain associated with acute and chronic soft tissue disorders. ART is a system that utilizes over 500 protocols that vary based on the practictioner's hand placement and patient movement and are each specific for the muscle or entrapment being treated. Through ART, soft tissue movement and gliding is enhanced, which releases nerve entrapments and leads to decreased pain and improved quality of movement. It was developed by Dr. Mike Leahy, a sports chiropractor in Colorado Springs, CO. Dr. Leahy recognized that high repetition, low force movements such as typing and abnormal posture can cause as much damage to tissue as low repetition, high force injuries like a car accident. ART can be used alone or in conjunction with other soft tissue treatments like Graston, trigger point therapy or massage, and like Graston, custom stretching and strengthening exercises will aid in your recovery. Many of the same conditions treated with Graston can also be resolved with Active Release Techniques. ART and Graston are utilized by numerous professional and collegiate sports teams, because of their effectiveness. ART is the official soft tissue care program for Ironman athletes during race week. 

Who does ART?

There are over 6000 ART practitioners world-wide working in a variety of settings. Providers must pass certifications for each area of treatment (spine, upper extremity, lower extremity, and nerve entrapments). Dr. Becker is the only certified ART practitioner in the Upstate and south of Asheville. Providers must recertify yearly to maintain their standing and to learn the newest protocols.

Where can I learn more?

For more information about the Active Release Techniques, please visit www.activerelease.com or call our office at (864) 244-2220.

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