Graston/FAKTR Techniques

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FAKTR (pronounced "factor") is a revolutionary way to treat soft tissue problems. It is effective for many conditions, ranging from headaches, back pain, shoulder problems, pain in the elbows, feet...just about any body part. Injuries can be caused by overuse, falls, auto accidents, sports injuries, work-related injuries and can have bothered you for a long time, or be a new condition. Most of these problems can be resolved or show dramatic improvement within a few treatments.

Your FAKTR provider, Dr. Zwart, will do a complete examination and history of your complaint before determining if this is the best treatment for your condition. You might be treated with instruments or possibly, just their hands. A treatment can take anywhere from a few minutes to up to half an hour, depending on your condition.

FAKTR, in many cases, can usually provide positive results much more quickly than other forms of treatment.

FAKTR is not effective in all conditions and is not appropriate for all patients. There are both indications and contraindications for the use of FAKTR.


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Graston Technique® is successful in effectively treating all soft tissue conditions, whether they are chronic or acute and post-surgical. The Graston Technique® offers many advantages to the patient such as:

  • Decreases overall time of treatment
  • Fosters faster rehabilitation/recovery
  • Reduces need for anti-inflammatory medication
  • Resolves chronic conditions thought to be permanent

Graston Technique® is an innovative, patented form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization that enables clinicians to effectively break down scar tissue and fascial restrictions. The technique utilizes specially designed stainless steel instruments to specifically detect and effectively treat areas exhibiting soft tissue fibrosis or chronic inflammation.