Functional and Kinetic Treatment with Rehabilitation (FAKTR) in Kearney

Elite FAKTRFunctional and Kinetic Treatment with Rehabilitation

Elite Health and Wellness in Kearney, NE, offers FAKTR to our clients and patients. FAKTR (Functional and Kinetic Treatment with Rehab) is a musculoskeletal injury management concept rather than specific treatment method.

Developed by Drs. Greg Doerr and Tom Hyde, this unique approach to care incorporates evidence-based soft tissue techniques, like IASTM (Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization), with painful positions or movements and rehabilitative exercises in order to quickly and effectively resolve common conditions.

Injuries Treated by FAKTR

FAKTR soft tissue techniques are used to treat musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction associated with, but not limited to:

  • Neck and Back Pain
  • Ligament Sprains
  • Muscle Strains
  • Tendonopathies
  • Bursitis
  • Myofascial Syndromes
  • Edema Reduction
  • Nerve Entrapments
  • Delayed Onset Muscle
  • Soreness
  • Overuse Injuries
  • Scar Tissue Functionality

What does a FAKTR evaluation consist of?

A thorough examination will be conducted prior to any FAKTR intervention. Our providers will take a detailed history and use orthopedic tests, movement assessments, and palpation in order to determine an effective and individualized FAKTR treatment plan for you.

What does a FAKTR treatment consist of?

FAKTR treatment generally involves two components: soft tissue treatment and rehabilitative activities. The soft tissue component is generally instrument (IASTM) or manual-oriented soft tissue release, but is not limited to this. Sometimes myofascial cupping or nerve flossing are used.

The rehabilitation aspect of your FAKTR treatment will be determined based on injury severity, stage of healing, and patient tolerance. You may be treated in the position that causes your pain, while moving a certain way, or even while performing actual therapeutic rehab exercises.

How does FAKTR work?

FAKTR soft tissue concepts work by breaking down adhesions within the muscle and fascia to promote better movement, while also reducing pain and stiffness. Treatment also reduces swelling, promotes improved blood flow, and encourages correct fibroblast proliferation and alignment. Not only does this speed up the healing process, but it can also lead to better overall healing and improved function once recovery is complete.

How does FAKTR fit into a larger treatment plan?

FAKTR is one tool in a vast array of soft tissue treatment options. Generally, FAKTR will include some form of soft tissue release technique combined with exercise, and of course joint manipulation to provide a comprehensive approach to care.


Depending on the region being treated and goals of the treatment session, your experience with IASTM or FAKTR may range from light strokes on the skin to deeper structure treatment. This may be painful, but it is a controlled stressor designed to promote proper healing rather than further damage. The most common response is a gentle reddening of the skin known as hyperemia, due to an influx of blood flow and disruption of small, superficial capillaries.
While not specifically listed by insurance sites, FAKTR is a widely accepted treatment method under the broader categories of manual therapy and rehabilitation. Therefore, this service is covered by most insurance companies.
Graston Technique is a patented form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM) which uses special stainless steel instruments. Clinicians use this technique to detect and reduce myofascial adhesions and fibrosis. FAKTR is a concept, not a technique, designed to combine soft tissue treatment methods, like Graston or IASTM, with rehabilitation. This concept can be applied to treatment of many acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions.