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Soft Tissue Techniques: Graston and Active Release

Graston Technique

Graston Technique® (GT) is a form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization that enables Dr. Fred and Dr. Kathleen to effectively and efficiently address pain-producing soft tissue problems.

Graston uses specially designed stainless steel instruments with unique treatment edges and angles to deliver an effective means of manual therapy. The use of GT procedures, when combined with appropriate therapeutic exercise, leads to the restoration of pain-free movement and function.

How are Graston Technique® instruments used?

GT instruments are used both for diagnosis and treatment.  Initially, Dr. Fred and Kathleen use the instruments to detect soft tissue lesions, scar tissue/fibrosis or restrictions in the affected areas. Part of the skill in using these tools for many years allows the doctors the clinical ability to easily identify areas of restriction. Once the tissue has been identified, the instruments are then used to treat the abnormal tissue. When GT is combined with appropriate therapeutic exercises and activities, pain free function is often restored.


Active Release Technique

ART® is a patented, state of the art soft tissue movement-based technique that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves.

Headaches, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, shin splints, shoulder pain, sciatica, plantar fasciitis, knee problems, and tennis elbow are just a few of the many conditions that can be quickly resolved with ART. These conditions all have one important thing in common: they are often a result of overused muscles.

Muscle that are overused cause your body to produce tough, dense scar tissue in the affected area. This scar tissue binds up and ties down tissues that are supposed to move freely. As scar tissue builds up, muscles become shorter and weaker, tension on tendons causes tendonitis, and nerves can become trapped. This can cause reduced range of motion, loss of strength, and pain. If a nerve is trapped you may also feel tingling, numbness, and weakness.

What is an ART® treatment like?

Every ART® session is actually a combination of examination and treatment. The doctor uses his or her hands to evaluate the texture, tightness and movement of muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments and nerves. Abnormal tissues are treated by combining precisely directed tension with very specific patient movements.

These treatment protocols – over 500 specific moves – are unique to ART®. They allow the doctors to identify and correct the specific problems that are affecting each individual patient.

ART has shown to be very useful in an array of soft tissue injures. This technique has been a go to form of therapy for athletic injures utilized by collegiate, professional and elite athletes across the world, as well as all of us right here in Watertown, South Dakota.

If you are interested in obtaining more information, please contact our team at Deutsch Chiropractic.