Therapists offer new pain management

GRAND BLANC — According to the Institute of Medicine (IOM), serious, chronic pain affects at least 116 million Americans each year. The reasons for long-lasting pain are many, and the costs to the country are staggering at $560 to $635 billion each year in medical bills, lost productivity, and missed work.

Advanced Physical Therapy Center invests in the most advanced tools and techniques to fight and eliminate chronic pain. The latest tool in their arsenal is the Graston Technique. In fact, their team of therapists recently completed a weekend course in the certification of the Graston Technique, and they are one of the few clinics in the area offering Graston to their patients.

The Graston Technique incorporates a patented form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization that enables therapists to effectively detect and treat scar tissue and restrictions that affect normal function. It is clinically proven to achieve quicker and better outcomes in treating both acute and chronic conditions, including cervical and lumbar sprain/strain (neck and back pain), plantar fasciitis (foot pain), rotator cuff tendinitis (shoulder pain), and epicondylitis (elbow pain).

Trained therapists use the stainless steel instruments to comb over and “catch” on fibrotic tissue, which immediately identifies the areas of restriction. Once the tissue has been identified, the instruments are used to break up the scar tissue so it can be absorbed by the body.

“The Graston Technique is a great way for me to accurately locate and treat soft tissue restrictions throughout the body,” said Megan Dart, DPT of Advanced Physical Therapy Center.

Advanced Physical Therapy Center is a physical therapy, occupational therapy, and sports medicine clinic dedicated to providing cutting edge therapy techniques and personalized, one-on-one care programs.

Since 1991, APTC has distinguished itself among the providers in Grand Blanc, Flint, Clio, Hartland, Goodrich, Clarkston, and Davison.

Details: Call 810-695-8700. — G.G.

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