Graston Technique



Parabolic Performance & Rehab has some of New Jersey’s top physical therapists and sports medicine experts. Our physical therapists hold Doctorates of Physical Therapy and are experts in a wide array of leading-edge therapies and treatments. We employ comprehensive and innovative techniques to relieve pain, improve muscle strength, restore range of motion and flexibility, and enhance balance and coordination.

At PARABOLIC PHYSICAL THERAPY™ our therapists are highly experienced in treating:

  • acute and chronic muscle and joint injuries
  • arthritis
  • back pain
  • neck pain
  • overuse and repetitive stress injuries
  • comprehensive post-surgical care

Instead of simply targeting a single body part, our premier physical therapists provide whole-body treatment. We address your chief complaint in addition to its underlying causes, and the side effects that often result from improper movements developed when compensating for injuries or overuse.

In our unique approach, physical therapists work with sports performance trainers to develop individual treatment plans that rehabilitate while also enhancing your sports performance. This combination of sports medicine and sports performance training benefits everyone from the elite athlete to the postoperative patient working to resume their normal lifestyle. All of our treatment plans are custom-built for each client. The best way to learn more is to speak with us directly, so we invite you to come talk with one of our top Professional Physical Therapists at either of our locations.

The Graston Technique® is an innovative, patented form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM). Our licensed therapists use this advanced technique to effectively break down scar tissue and other connective tissue abnormalities that may be restricting your muscle and joint movement. With the Graston Technique®, our therapists are able to deliver improved diagnostic treatment to detect major and minor tissue problems, reduce pain and stress.

Any areas with soft tissue fibrosis or chronic inflammation are then treated to restore muscle and joint function and mobility.

Clients who receive Graston Technique® therapy benefit from shorter treatment times and faster recoveries. Treatment also may reduce the need for anti-inflammatory medication, and help to resolve chronic conditions that were previously believed to be permanent. If you are looking for Graston Technique® treatment in New Jersey, come talk to our elite sports medicine experts to learn more.

Chronic pain is frequently due to the presence of myofascial pain. With myofascial pain, trigger points or “knots” in the muscles cause tightness and pain in multiple, sometimes seemingly unrelated areas of the body. Myofascial pain may be caused by overuse, or stress-induced muscle tension.

Our physical therapists use a technique called Myofascial Release (MFR) to relieve chronic myofascial pain and restricted movement. Myofascial Release is a soft tissue therapy that effectively relieves muscle pain and restores mobility. It is a safe and very effective hands-on technique that involves applying gentle sustained pressure to elongate fascia, a layer of connective tissue that covers muscles, bones, nerves, arteries, veins, and internal organs.

A high percentage of people who suffer pain or reduced range of motion may have fascial problems that have gone undiagnosed. Trauma, inflammatory responses, and surgical procedures can create myofascial problems that don’t appear in many standard tests, including x-rays, myelograms, CAT scans, and electromyography.

During your personal assessment, your physical therapist can determine if you will benefit from having MFR included in your treatment plan. You can also visit one of our two facilities in Montclair or Little Falls, NJ to learn more about Myofascial Release.

Most conditions such as arthritis, nerve inflammation, low back pain, trauma, tendonitis, or muscle or ligament strain can be treated using an advanced technique called Trigger Point Dry Needling and Intramuscular Manual Therapy by one of our physical therapists at Parabolic Performance & Rehabilitation.

Called “dry” needling because no solution is injected, TPDN is an effective therapy for treating painful muscle spasms that result from a variety of injuries and inflammatory disorders. Dry needling targets trigger points, or knots, in the muscles. TPDN effectively relieves both chronic and acute pain, and is often used during injury rehabilitation. Dry needling has been found to be unparalleled for finding and eliminating neuromuscular dysfunction that leads to pain and functional deficits.

What makes TPDN so effective is the way it reduces inflammation and increases blood flow to damaged tissues. When a needle goes through these muscle fibers, the body considers the needle a foreign object, and responds by activating the healing process. This then reduces inflammation throughout the body, as well as bringing healing oxygen and proper nutrients to the injury site, reducing pain and muscle spasms, and restoring normal function.

Most patients do not even feel the solid filament needle penetrate the skin, but may feel a “twitch response” as it is advanced into the muscle—a sensation much like a muscle cramp, lasting for less than one second. There are very few side effects, but there may be some soreness for a day or two after treatment, which can be alleviated with ice or heat and stretching of the involved muscles, as recommended by your therapist.

Patients typically experience positive results within two to four treatment sessions—but some report improvement in pain levels and range of motion after just one treatment. One of our top physical therapists at either of our New Jersey locations will be happy to tell you more about TPDN therapy.