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Manual Therapy - ART and Graston

Manual therapy is “hands on” therapy. It is the foundation of our treatment model. A therapist uses their hands to stretch tight areas, move your joints and ease pain. When complimented with restorative, functional exercise, you have the optimal program for full recovery. All of our therapists have advanced manual therapy training or certifications.

When treated at Excel, you can expect some form of manual therapy to occur during your treatment. Below are some of the more popular forms of manual therapy:

Graston® Technique

Graston Technique® is an innovative, patented form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization that enables clinicians to effectively break down scar tissue and fascial restrictions. The technique utilizes specially designed stainless steel instruments to detect and alleviate soft tissue fibrosis or chronic inflammation.

ART® (Active Release Technique)

Therapists specializing in ART® use a patented, manual soft tissue release technique to treat painful problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. Popular with runners and triathletes, this technique obtains quick results with over-use injuries such as tendinitis and tendinopathy.

Common Conditions treated by Graston® and ART®

• Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (wrist pain)
• Scar Tissue
• Tennis Elbow - Lateral Epicondylitis/Tendinosis
• Golfers Elbow - Medial Epicondylitis/Tendinosis
• Achilles Tendinitis/Tendinosis
• Heel Pain - Plantar Fasciitis
• Shoulder Pain - Rotator Cuff Tendinosis/Impingement
• Shin Splints
• Jumpers Knee - Patellar Tendinitis/Tendinosis