Active Release Therapy
Active Release Therapy 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 over-used muscles.
ART treatments are a combination of examination and treatment.The ART provider uses his or her hands to evaluate the texture, tightness and movement of muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments and nerves. Abnormal tissues are treated by combining precisely directed tension with very specific patient movements.These treatment protocols – over 500 specific moves – are unique to ART. They allow providers to identify and correct the specific problems that are affecting each individual patient.
Graston technique utilizes six patented stainless steel instruments, uniquely shaped to treat different areas of the body. The weight and design of the various instruments allows your doctor to effectively treat deep tissue dysfunctions. The Graston technique® instruments allows your doctor to isolate adhesions and restrictions, and treat them very precisely. Scar tissue (adhesions) can stick fascia to muscle impairing your function (range of motion) and producing pain. Tendons and ligaments also are surrounded with fascia and can be affected in the same manner. When someone says they feel tight, or have pain with movement, they are experiencing the binding effect of scar tissue. Over time, this treatment process will reduce or eliminate the adhered fibres, restoring function and eliminating the pain associated with it.