Mercy Health – Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation Now Offering Non-Invasive Technique to Break Down Scar Tissue and Restore Mobility

Mercy Health – Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation (formerly known as Excel Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation) has adopted the Graston Technique, an innovative and non-invasive technique to break down scar tissue and restore movement in the body.

“We use our knees, elbows, ankles, spine and shoulders quite a bit, especially if we live an active lifestyle. Unfortunately, we can overuse the tissues in these areas over time,” says Robert Parrett, PT, DPT and Coordinator of Springfield Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation. “Typically, these injuries are minor and our bodies heal them successfully. However, if these injuries are too great, our bodies can’t heal them and we develop scar tissue that restricts our mobility in these areas.”

Graston Technique is an instrument-assisted, soft tissue mobilization procedure that enables therapists to detect and effectively break down scar tissue and fascial restrictions to help patients maintain an optimal range of motion. The non-invasive technique uses specially designed stainless steel instruments to help therapists identify and treat areas exhibiting soft tissue fibrosis (scar tissue) or chronic inflammation during rehabilitation. The typical course of treatment generally ranges from 1 to 10 visits over the course of several weeks.

“Combined with exercise, the Graston Technique can be effective in treating soft tissue conditions, whether they are chronic, acute or post-surgical, and it can also help people get back enjoying their lives,” said Parrett.

The Graston Technique can help patients experiencing pain and/or discomfort from the following conditions:
• Achilles tendonitis
• carpal tunnel syndrome
• adhesive capsulitis
• it band syndrome
• fibromyalgia
• lateral epicondylosis/itis (tennis elbow)
• lumbar sprain/strain (back pain)
• medial epicondylosis/itis (golfer's elbow)
• patellofemoral disorders (knee pain)
• plantar fasciitis (foot pain)
• cervical sprain/strain (neck pain)
• rotator cuff tendinosis/itis (shoulder pain)
• scar tissue
• shin splints
• trigger finger

Graston Technique is accepted nationwide by elite athletes and everyday patients as one of the most effective treatments for rehabilitation and range of motion maintenance, especially when combined with other treatment modalities such as exercise.

For more information on The Graston Technique, please call our offices in:
• Springfield - 937-342-5600
• Urbana - 937-653-7333

Community Mercy Foundation funded therapist training in the Graston Technique.