FAKTR-PM stands for “Functional And Kinetic Treatment with Rehabilitation, Provocation and Motion” (now know as FAKTR). It was developed to help speed recovery from chronic musculoskeletal pain syndromes and has also been shown to work extremely well on acute (recent) musculoskeletal/fascial conditions.

Chronic pain results from dysfunction of the sensorimotor system, which is manifested in soft tissue and fascia. This new treatment approach to soft tissue dysfunction combines instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization (i.e. Graston Technique®) with proprioceptive (functional movement) techniques to reduce pain and return function. Patients are placed into positions during treatment that increase the tensioning of the myofasical (muscle + Fascia) system across areas of dysfunction.  In turn, this positioning greatly accelerates the ability to address the problem and symptom area to quickly and significantly improve the patient.

My clinical experience has shown that, in many cases, when combining manual treatment of soft tissue with proprioceptive exercises, faster results are produced than conventional treatment methods.  If a patient or athlete is suffering from pain during certain movements, loads, or activities whether in sport or work, treating them in these provocative and functional movements will promote quicker and long lasting results.

What conditions can FAKTR-PM Treat?

FAKTR-PM can treat all the same conditions as Active Release Technique (ART) and Graston Technique can treat.  FAKTR-PM is essentially a more advanced and effective technique protocol for Graston Technique.  It is very effective at treating old, chronic, and stubborn conditions.  Furthermore, if a patient prefers Graston Technique, I will most likely incorporate a form of FAKTR-PM into treatment.

  1. Nicolas Lopez
    September 14, 2011 at 4:30 am

    Hello Kavan,
    Thanks for post this information. I am a PT graduated in Chile and I am a few days ahead to take the FAKTR certification course. Any comments about the tecnique will be trully appreciate. I hope we can keep in touch.


    Nicolas Lopez
    Orthopedic Manual Therapist
    @nicolopezg twitter

    • drkavanyu
      September 14, 2011 at 5:40 pm

      Hi Nicolas,
      The FAKTR course is amazing. I use a form of FAKTR pretty much every day in practice. I find FAKTR can treat so many different things effectively and efficiently and can be incorporated easily into any practictioners exsisting knowledge base. Let me know if you have any specific questions.


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