After physical therapy, this runner’s mantra went from “Eat, Sleep, Run” to “Eat, Sleep, Run, Bike, Lift, and Give Yourself Some Rest Days.” Physical therapy is what keeps her a strong & healthy athlete, more than what keeps her running. Read more about our spunky Patient of the Month’s recovery here:Read More
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After a major bike accident sidelined this triathlete, our Patient of the Month Rachel (and beloved owner of Montclair Bread Company) was one of the hardest working, most dedicated patients we’ve ever seen. True to form, she blew all expectations out of the water and her surgeon recently said she was a full 6-12 months ahead of where all the science and his experience said she should be. Read more about Rachel’s unbelievable recovery here!Read More
Patient of the Month - May 2013
When Michele came to us she was suffering from debilitating foot pain. She had been to many other doctors, but none of the treatment was able to provide relief.
Then she heard about Active Release Technique (ART) and located Dr. Mayeswho was a locally certified provider. After receiving ART as well as the instrument-assisted Graston Technique, Michele was overjoyed with the results.
She even offered to travel to conferences with Dr. Mayes to speak to podiatrists and orthopedists about the effectiveness of these techniques in relieving foot pain.
Michele has not only been committed and compliant during her own recovery, but she has taken the time to inspire and give hope to other people who are suffering from chronic pain.
In her own words....
Why PT? Scar tissue was preventing my big toe from bending resulting in excrutiating pain when I walked.
How have you benefitted from your PT experience?After about 10 sessions, I was able to walk with much less pain. It is now a soreness and aching feeling rather than inflammation and horrendous pain in my foot. Additionally, I don't have to think about limiting my walking, and I am able to lead a more normal life.
What would you recommend to someone who has the same injury as you? The Active Release Technique and Graston Technique, performed by Dr. Mayes, is the only way to go. Don't wait any longer - seek help.
What activities are you most excited about getting back to? I am most excited about taking a Zumba class, being able to wear a sneaker/shoe for more than a few minutes without discomfort, and now looking forward to traveling with my husband without having to worry about how much walking we do.
Patient of the Month - March 2013
Name: Jerily C. (we affectionately refer to her as JC)
JC is the most COMPLIANT patient in the history of IronPT. She came in with fierce foot pain that had been wearing her down for months, but made up her mind that she was ready to fight back. She would do every single thing that was recommended and even did extra "homework" to be sure she was getting the most out of therapy.
She is still working hard towards full recovery, but it has been a privilege to be part of her journey. She's not only determined, but also artistic, and we're looking forward to having her put her touch on our clinic walls.
Wish we could clone her!
In her own words....
Three words that describe me: curious, energetic and scrappy
What brought you to PT?
I had chronic heel PAIN that required surgery and needed post-surgical PT.
My Podiatrist recommended finding a Physical Therapist who practiced the Graston Technique– with the warning that it would be painful. I’d never heard of it, so I googled it. Reading about it sounded just as painful as I’d been told, but I thought I’d give it a try.
How have you benefitted from your PT experience (physically or mentally)? PT with Dr. Mayes had given me hope that one day soon I’ll be pain free.
What would you recommend to someone who has the same injury as you? Patience! Results come even though progress seems slow.
What activities are you most excited about getting back to? I want to run. I understand I’ll need to walk first, and build up slowly. Looking forward to my continued progress.
Our patients affectionately refer to the Graston Technique® instruments as "butter knives!" It's a treatment they hate to love, but the results speak for themselves. Many famous athletes swear by the technique including Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps.
Does it work?
Historically, The Graston Technique® has had positive outcomes in 75-90% of all conditions treated. It is equally effective on restoring function to acute and chronic injuries, and pre- and post-surgical patient. Click here for Outcome Summary Data of the 17 most common diagnoses.
How do the instruments work?
In the healing process, our body attempts to repair muscles, tendons and ligaments with “scar tissue,” much like a scar that forms on the skin when you have scraped your knee. The Graston Technique® (originally developed by athletes) is a form of soft tissue mobilization using six stainless steel instruments to glide along a patient’s muscles, tendons or ligaments to detect and break up this scar tissue as well as fascial restrictions and adhesions which tend to be weaker and less flexible than undamaged tissue. It is not meant to replace a clinician’s hands, but to complement them by substantially improving the ability to detect and treat dysfunction.
Does it hurt?
If there is a large amount of scar tissue, there can be minor discomfort while the clinician breaks it up, but this is part of the healing process.
What is Graston used to treat?
Graston Technique® has been clinically proven to achieve quicker and better outcomes in treating both acute and chronic conditions including:
Achilles Tendinitis/osis (ankle pain)
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (wrist pain)
Cervical Sprain/Strain (neck pain)
Lateral Epicondylitis/osis (tennis elbow)
Lumbar Sprain/Strain (back pain)
Medial Epicondylitis/osis (golfer's elbow)
Patellofemoral Disorders (knee pain)
Plantar Fasciitis/osis (foot pain)
Rotator Cuff Tendinitis/osis (shoulder pain)
Women’s Health (post-mastectomy and Caesarean scarring)
Who can do it?
Only clinicians who have been trained and accredited in the Graston Technique® Basic course are qualified to obtain the Graston Technique® instruments and apply the technique to treat patients
Last week we discharged a patient who had been suffering from chronic neck pain after a car accident five years ago. After only four sessions utilizing the Graston Technique®, she had complete relief and could not believe the results. She said she could actually feel the scar tissue being broken up and began craving the twice weekly treatments.
The Graston Technique®website does a good job of answering some other FAQs