Graston Technique

JSH Physical Therapy offers Graston Technique
Jersey Shore Hospital offers the Graston Technique (GT) to physical therapy patients suffering from soft tissue injuries. Soft tissue includes muscle, tendon, ligaments and also fascia, a tissue located just under the skin that is a white membrane “support structure” that wraps around and connects the muscles, bones, nerves, and blood vessels of the body. When muscles and fascia aren’t stretched enough, they can become stuck or tear which results in pain, soreness, restricted muscle movement, and reduced flexibility.

Karen Johnson, PT, performing the Graston Technique

Karen Johnson, PT, performing the Graston Technique

GT was designed to detect and treat fascial injuries to provide faster and improved results. The technique features stainless steel instruments built specifically to detect and care for acute and chronic pain.  After a Physical Therapist evaluation, a precise diagnosis and care program with GT can result in reduced treatment time, a faster recovery, a reduction in the need for splints or braces, and an increase in patient satisfaction and treatment outcomes.

The Graston Technique is a treatment option trusted by the Texas Rangers, Miami Heat, and New England Patriots to relieve players of various sports injuries; GT has been a treatment option used by  the Physical Therapy team at Jersey Shore Hospital for the past three years.

The Physical Therapy Department at Jersey Shore Hospital is staffed by Physical Therapists and Physical Therapist Assistants. Four members of the JSH Physical Therapy team are certified by GT to provide patients with this advanced technique.  Karen Johnson is the latest JSH Physical Therapist to earn her Graston Technique certification, and is now able to treat patients with this sought-after cure for soft tissue injuries, pain and dysfunction.  “I am happy to be able to offer patients a new technique that gives more in-depth and specific treatment,” said Johnson.  “I can see its success in the reduced recovery time and satisfaction of my patients.”

GT_Provider_4Color_5in_webprintThe technique uses specially designed instruments to detect adhesions, scar tissue, or restrictions in the affected areas that were caused by injury.  GT separates and breaks down cross-links between the tissue fibers.  Combined with stretching and strengthening exercises, the tissue is given a chance to remodel and heal in a more normal fashion.   GT can be used to treat pain in the wrists, arms, back, elbow, knee, and anywhere patients experience soft tissue discomfort.

Jersey Shore Hospital’s Physical Therapy team assesses patients individually by identifying their conditions and difficulties. A treatment plan is established which addresses the specific needs and options for each patient that may include Graston Technique.  If you are suffering from soft tissue pain or injury, talk to your physician about a referral to Jersey Shore Hospital Physical Therapy.  If you have questions about GT, you can call the JSH Physical Therapy Department at  570-398-3111 or visit

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