Active Release Techniques® (A.R.T.)
Active Release Techniques® is a patented, state-of-the-art soft tissue system 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 often permanently with A.R.T. During an A.R.T. session, a combination of examination and treatment takes place. With the hands, the texture, tightness and movement of muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments and nerves are evaluated. Abnormal tissues are treated by combining precisely directed tension with very specific patient movements.
Chiropractic Adjustments and Joint Mobilization
Many chiropractors, osteopaths and physical therapists utilize manipulation and mobilization techniques to improve joint movement, reduce pain and restore muscle tone. Adjustments sometimes accompanied by a pop or cracking noise, which results from the joint’s release of gases. Joint mobilization employs gentle pressure or a shallow thrust to restore optimal motion. Following treatment it is common to experience less pain and muscle tension and a greater range of motion. These techniques are employed only when necessary and in conjunction with the patient’s approval.
Massage therapy is a therapeutic procedure where the soft tissue is rubbed to help relieve and reduce tension and pain. The muscles are kneaded to increase blood flow and encourage relaxation. Pressure is applied with the hands to gently work out muscle tension and pain with differing intensities depending on personal preference and muscle condition. Massage therapy is often utilized in conjunction with other therapies or as a treatment by itself.
Dry needling or intra-muscular stimulation aims to reduce local and referred pain by means of eliminating neuromuscular trigger points. The procedure involves locating trigger points that may contribute to a patient’s condition and then manipulating them in a very specific way to alleviate them. Dry needling and acupuncture, while using similar needles, are two very different treatments. Dry Needling mechanical in nature, with a specific goal of changing muscular response.
Exercises and Rehabilitation
Once structural imbalances are corrected through hands on therapy like Chiropractic Care and A.R.T., different exercises may be needed to integrate these changes. Exercises that are prescribed are done so based upon not only your deficiency but also your capabilities. Whether your goal is to run a marathon or play with your kids, progressively adding exercises is how this gap is bridged. Rehab and exercise will also help reduce your need for passive pain relieving strategies such medications.
Compared to static analysis or regional joint testing, a gait analysis can uncover more precisely how someone is moving while running. Compensations and imbalances away from the site of pain are often times the biomechanical flaws that cause injuries to become recurrent or slow their recovery. Iliotibial band syndrome, plantar fasciitis, shin splints, and runner’s knee are common running injuries and conditions that have underlying biomechanical deficiencies.
The Kinesio Taping Method is designed to facilitate the body’s natural healing process while allowing support and stability to muscles and joints. However, unlike other taping methods it will not restrict the body’s range of motion which is essential for healing. It is used to successfully treat a variety of orthopedic, neuromuscular, neurological and medical conditions. Kinesio® Tex Tape is used to re-educate the neuromuscular system, reduce pain, optimize performance, prevent injury, and promote improved circulation and healing.