Physical rehabilitation rivals settle long battle

October 17, 2007

A dispute between two local companies over intellectual property rights to the Graston physical therapy technique has been settled-again-three years after the parties reached their original settlement.

This time, the agreement is better defined, said Michael I. Arnolt, the president of the party that forced the issue in court, TherapyCare Resources.

The newest agreement, reached Aug. 16 but implemented recently, will prevent rival Carpal Therapy Inc. from infringing copyrights, trademarks, patents and equipment associated with the technique, Arnolt said.

Attempts to reach Carpal Therapy for comment were unsuccessful.

TherapyCare accused Carpal Therapy of using its intellectual property to promote a similar physical therapy.

TherapyCare is based near North Meridian Street and 38th Street. Its non-invasive Graston Technique, which involves breaking up scar tissue with a tool, is used in 450 outpatient facilities.

Carpal Therapy is located a couple of miles west near Lafayette Square. It was started by David Graston, who invented the technique and co-founded what is now TherapyCare.

Graston, a machinist, came up with the idea after he failed to recover full motion of a knee that was injured during a skiing incident. Graston started Carpal Therapy after a non-compete agreement with TherapyCare expired in 2000.

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