CrossFit and Shoulder Recovery

CrossFit and Shoulder Recovery

Congratulations to our December Patient of the month, Chris! As a fellow CrossFitter, I knew how badly Chris wanted to stay active at the gym and most importantly at home. This is how he did it.

Read More

NJ's Finest Battles Shoulder Injury

NJ's Finest Battles Shoulder Injury

Iron has a strong commitment to NJ's law enforcement, and it was a privilege to help this officer get back to full duty. Read more about Rafael's recovery from a shoulder injury and surgery.

Read More

Golfer and Shoulder Surgery (POM 2/14)

Phil is just good people! When he comes into therapy, it's like your friend just showed up at the party. He brings energy, commitment, and a sense of humor that is much needed during the last few hours of a long day. He is also an exceptional patient! He makes appointments a priority, asks for additional "homework" and gives 110% during each session. He raises the bar in every area, and we can't wait to see what's next!!

Three Words To Describe You:

Ambitious, Driven, Outgoing

What brought you to PT?  After shoulder surgery, I researched and visited several local physical therapists. I felt very comfortable with Dr. Mayes. I was looking for a physical therapist who was an athlete, who was well schooled in the latest techniques and who would pay attention to detail. Nobody else around came close.

How have you benefitted from PT? After my surgery was complete, my Doctor told me it would be about six months until i was ready to play golf. By following Dr. Mayes prescribed homework assignments along with my regular visits, we are a month ahead of schedule.

What would you recommend to someone who has the same injury? 

I have seen firsthand many people who have had to go in for multiple surgeries. The overwhelming reason is the lack of post surgery physical therapy. I would say push yourself to the limit.

What activities are you most excited about getting back to? Golfing and skiing. My goal this year is to get in better physical condition.

What is the Graston Technique®? Does it work?



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)

  • Fibromyalgia

  • 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)

  • Scar Tissue

  • Shin Splints

  • Trigger Finger

  • 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.

More FAQs

The Graston Technique®website does a good job of answering some other FAQs