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Published on October 04, 2013

Crozer-Keystone Physical Therapy and Rehab Services Offers the Graston Technique®

DREXEL HILL, Pa. – Crozer-Keystone Health System is pleased to offer the latest method in changing the way soft tissue injuries are treated – the Graston Technique®. This technique aims to detect and treat restrictions in soft tissue caused by injury and surgery, utilized by specially trained physical therapy staff.

Graston Technique® is an innovative, patented form of instrument-assisted soft mobilization that enables clinicians to effectively break down scar tissue and fascial restrictions. This technique uses specially designed stainless steel instruments to specifically and effectively treat areas exhibiting soft tissue fibrosis, excessive tissue, or chronic inflammation, which is persistent inflammation that has gone out of control.

“What has been found with using the Graston Technique® is that treating patients with both hands and tools results in a decrease in overall time of treatment. It also fosters faster rehabilitation/recovery, reduces the need for anti-inflammatory medication and resolves chronic conditions thought to be permanent,” says Jayme Shirk, Crozer-Keystone physical therapist. “In cases where patients have chronic tendonitis and tendenosis, we have been able to decrease symptoms that have been an issue for years.

“The tools work to allow therapists to identify affected areas of muscle. Treatment typically takes only a few minutes per session and is usually supplemented by strength and flexibility exercises to further heal and strengthen the tissue,” Shirk continues. “Typically, patients will receive two treatments per week over a four-to-five-week period. However, depending on the individual healing time, some may require more while some will require fewer treatments.”

Allyson Schonfeld, one of Shirk’s patients, describes her experience with Graston Technique®: “To start, I have flat feet and am a runner on top of that. I had a lot of scar tissue build up and extra friction, which was causing me pain,” says Schonfeld. “Graston® and the physical therapy that follows was great because it doesn’t have to be isolated to one specific spot.

“Yes, my feet were the main focus, but with Graston®, Jayme was also able to focus on my hips and knees. Being a runner, the pain sometimes travels up to the rest of my body. So having other areas treated can help eliminate future problems and more pain.

“The recovery time for Graston ® is very quick,” continues Schonfeld. “At the end of the day, I had some bruising and tenderness and that was it. The results were great and everyone who helped at Crozer-Keystone Health System was absolutely incredible.”

Originally developed by athletes, Graston Technique® is an interdisciplinary treatment used by more than 16,775 clinicians worldwide. It is used at approximately 1,760 outpatient facilities, 43 industrial sites, and 260 professional and amateur sports organizations; and is part of the curriculum at 57 respected colleges and universities. Graston Technique® is also covered by all forms of insurance as a form of manual therapy.

Crozer-Keystone’s Outpatient Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation centers offer services at Crozer-Chester Medical Center, Barclay Square/Delaware County Memorial Hospital, Springfield Hospital and Taylor Made/Taylor Hospital. For more information or to find a site near you, call 1-877-CK-MOTION (1-877-256-6846).

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