We have added a new technique, called the Graston Technique, to the list of services we offer our patients. This revolutionary procedure utilizes specially shaped instruments to help the therapist detect and treat areas of scar tissue or adhesions in muscles, ligaments, and tendons, which can lead to pain and dysfunction.When knots or bands of scar tissue are encountered, the instruments can be used to "break up" the restriction. This is followed immediately by stretching and strengthening exercises to promote realignment of the fibers so that they behave more like normal, healthy tissue.
The Graston Technique can be used to treat a wide range of conditions including neck and back pain, rotator cuff and Achilles tendonitis, tennis elbow, and muscle strain in any area of the body. The benefits of the Graston Technique include faster recovery, decreased use of medications, and decreased overall treatment time. There is also no need to stop normal activities during treatment. Professional sports teams in the NFL, MLB, NHL, and NBA, including the Philadelphia Seventy-Sixers, utilize the Graston Technique to stay at the top of their game.
Dr. Michael Karl has been certified to perform the Graston Technique and is the only therapist in the Quakertown area with this certification. Please contact him at 215-538-9911 for more information or to set up an evaluation. The Physical Therapy and Wellness Institute is located at 1440 W. Broad St., Quakertown, PA 18951 or www.ptwinstitute.com.