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Three Steps to Enhance Soft-Tissue Instrument-Assisted Techniques with Doctor Hoy's

  • Ankle Pain (Achilles Tendinosis/itis)
  • Wrist Pain (Carpal Tunnel Syndrome)
  • Neck Pain (Cervical Sprain/Strain)
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Hamstring Injuries
  • Hip Pain
  • IT Band (Iliotibial Band)
  • Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylosis/itis)
  • Back Pain (Lumbar Sprain/Strain)
  • Golfer’s Elbow (Medial Epicondylosis/itis)
  • Knee Pain (Patellofemoral Disorders)
  • Heel Pain (Plantar Fasciitis)
  • Shoulder Pain (Rotator Cuff Tendinosis/itis)
  • Scar Tissue
  • Shin Splints
  • Trigger Finger
  • Women’s Health (Post-Mastectomy and Caesarean Scarring)

These painful and debilitating conditions often take a long time to heal. Whether the injury occurred because of too much time on the tennis court, or too much time on the computer at work, it can interrupt daily life. What if there was a unique solution that did not require surgery or medication?


The soft-tissue instrument-assisted techniques are a form of manual therapy. Chiropractors, osteopathic physicians, physical therapists, occupational therapists, and athletic trainers frequently practice these techniques to treat a variety of musculoskeletal disorders. The trained practitioner uses rigid devices to manipulate the injured muscle tissue.

Doctor Hoy's Blog Graston Tools

First, therapists use the devices to scan the affected area and detect a build up of scar tissue. Physical therapist, Carrie Cameron, reports that these stainless steel tools amplify a kind of vibration arising from under the skin that helps to pinpoint the damage. She describes the process, “It feels like I’m driving over a bumpy road with a gravely feel. You can feel the scar tissue in different ways.” Ultimately, these instruments help practitioners identify issues in the soft tissue that are imperceptible to bare hands.

Next, therapists use the instruments to provide an intense deep tissue massage. This breaks down the scar tissue that forms when an injury occurs. Tight and restricted muscles are loosened, which decreases pain and restores proper function. Each tool has a different shape to effectively target specific areas of the body.


“Our patients like the low warmth they feel with Doctor Hoy's Natural Pain Relief Gel and how the Arnica Boost lasts for a while on their skin. We use the Arnica Boost while performing soft tissue manipulation on our patients…I personally like the way it feels on my body for my aches and pain. Our patients really like the way it feels and that gives me the confidence in telling others about it.”

Dr. Brian Prieto, Prieto Chiropractic

The side effects of soft-tissue instrument-assisted techniques include discomfort during the procedure and soreness, bruising, or small red dots (i.e. petechiae) afterward. Doctor Hoy's Natural Pain Relief can decrease these side effects and improve overall results. To enhance soft-tissue instrument-assisted techniques, we recommend a three-step process:

  1. Apply Doctor Hoy's Natural Pain Relief Gel before the therapy. The powerful cold and warm sensation directly work to ease pain caused by intense friction.
  2. Soft-tissue instrument-assisted techniques typically require lubrication throughout the procedure. However, traditional emollients are greasy with no therapeutic benefits. Doctor Hoy's Arnica Boost is an effective alternative when used during the techniques. It actively treats inflammation and bruising to increase the healing process. Arnica Boost has the potential to soften tissue and shorten treatment length.
  3. Apply Arnica Boost as needed following treatment to combat soreness and speed through the bruising process.

If your practitioner does not use Doctor Hoy's Natural Pain Relief, request it! Find healing with soft-tissue instrument-assisted techniques and Doctor Hoy's natural products.

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