Graston Technique (GT)

We are pleased to provide patients with a new, innovative and effective approach to the diagnosis and treatment of connective soft tissue injuries – Graston Technique (GT). The Technique is performed with patented stainless-steel instruments designed to detect and treat soft-tissue fibrosis or chronic inflammation in order to reduce pain and restore function.

When connective tissue, such as muscle, ligaments or tendons become restricted or scarred, it can result in pain, tenderness, loss of flexibility and motion. It is not unusual to find a restriction in one part of the body that produces pain and dysfunction in another area, commonly known the kinetic chain.

Hospitals, clinics, professional and university sports teams throughout the industry, all rely on Graston Technique for the treatment of injuries.


Graston Technique treatment protocols may also include the use of heat, ice, and rehabilitation to restore patients to their pre-injury level of activity. Muscle re-education, in addition to stretching and strengthening exercises, are employed to provide the patient with optimal results within a minimal number of treatments. Following and staying with the plan of treatment is critical to achieving the clinical goals set by the clinician and the patient. Without full commitment to treatment, a positive outcome may not occur.

Factors such as age, history of the condition, occupation and lifestyle will determine the number of times that you will be treated. The average number of treatments it 6 to 8. Generally treatment is performed no more than twice a week unless the clinical circumstances dictate otherwise.


Graston Technique is a proven advanced technology for the treatment of connective soft tissue injuries. The success of treatment will be directly proportionate to your commitment to the treatment plan established for you by your clinician. If you have any questions, please talk to your clinician. Visit the Graston Technique website at

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Dr. Sage’s repertoire of skills includes manual therapies such as Active Release, Graston, and ChiroSage (a unique blend of chiropractic and therapeutic soft tissue massage technique). These skills help to address tension in the muscular and fascia systems. It makes sense because the muscles are attached to bones and when the vertebrae misaligns, the muscles adapt to the stresses placed upon them. Dr. Sage not only adjusts the vertebrae, but releases the muscular stress and teaches her patients exercise techniques necessary to stabilize their bodies to protect them from further injury.

Dr. Sage provided Active Release therapy for triathletes in the Kona 2009 Hawaiian Ironman and through her volunteer work, became inspired to start training again for triathlon. May 2010 she accomplished her goal of finishing the Wildflower long course triathlon which included 70.3 miles of swim, bike, and run.

Dr. Sage is a licensed acupuncturist and her study of health includes the ancient art of acupuncture and herbology. When she’s not helping her patients she is enjoying her family and two daughters, Ginger and Kira.

  • Pacific College of Oriental Medicine Licensed Acupuncturist 201
  • A.A. San Francisco City College
  • B.A. San Francisco State University ~ Kinesiology
  • C.M.T. San Francisco School of Massage
  • D.C. Life Chiropractic College West
  • L.Ac. Pacific College of Oriental Medicine
  • Certificate in Chiropractic Pediatrics.
  • Active Release Technique certified in upper extremities, lower extremities, and spinal
  • Kona Ironman Active Release Provider
  • Graston Technique Certified
  • NAET Advanced I Certified
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