Massage Therapy

Meet Tiphanie Rivers

Our Licensed Massage Therapist, Ms. Tiphanie Rivers, is a native of the Lafayette community. She was born in Pasadena, TX, but quickly became a Louisiana resident after moving to the Baton Rouge area. After completing school, she moved to the Lafayette area, where she became a certified LPN, graduating from SLCC in 2003. She excelled in the LPN career field for 10+ years while being a mother of two children before deciding to pursue massage therapy.

She enrolled at the Louisiana Institute of Massage Therapy in Lake Charles, LA, to pursue her dreams of becoming a Licensed Massage Therapist. She graduated with her license and high recommendations in March of 2018. She was hired in our office by Dr. Gautreau in May of 2018, where she has since learned many new things while using her previous knowledge learned in school. We are so thankful to have her as part of the team, working alongside Dr. Gautreau to aid patients with their recovery!

Release tension with soft tissue mobilization

Treat your low back pain, disc problems, and sciatica without drugs or surgery

About the Graston Technique®

Changing the way soft tissue injuries are treated

Graston Technique® is an interdisciplinary treatment used by nearly 5000 clinicians—including athletic trainers, chiropractors, hand therapists, occupational and physical therapists.

Clinical Applications of the Patented GT Instruments

The Graston Technique® (GT) Instruments, while enhancing the clinician’s ability to detect fascial adhesions and restrictions, have been clinically proven to achieve quicker and better outcomes in treating both acute and chronic conditions, including:

  • Cervical sprain/strain (neck pain)
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (wrist pain)
  • Lateral Epicondylitis
  • Rotator Cuff Tendinitis (tennis elbow)
  • Achilles Tendinitis (ankle pain)
  • Scar Tissue
  • Shin Splints
  • Lumbar sprain/strain (back pain)
  • Plantar Fasciitis (foot pain)
  • Medial Epicondylitis (golfer’s elbow)
  • Patellofemoral Disorders (knee pain)
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Trigger Finger

Active Release Technique® (ART)

ART is a patented, state of the art soft tissue system/movement based massage technique that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia, and nerves. Headaches, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, shin splints, shoulder pain, sciatica, plantar fasciitis, knee problems, and tennis elbow are just a few of the many conditions that can be resolved quickly and permanently with ART. These conditions all have one important thing in common: they are often a result of overused muscles.

How do overuse conditions occur?

Over-used muscles (and other soft tissues) change in three important ways:

  • Acute conditions (pulls, tears, collisions, etc),
  • Accumulation of small tears (micro-trauma)
  • Not getting enough oxygen (hypoxia)


Each of these factors can cause your body to produce tough, dense scar tissue in the affected area. This scar tissue binds up and ties down tissues that need to move freely. As scar tissue builds up, muscles become shorter and weaker, the tension on tendons causes tendonitis, and nerves can become trapped. This can cause reduced range of motion, loss of strength, and pain. If a nerve is trapped, you may also feel tingling, numbness, and weakness.


Call our office today to discuss these treatment options.