How do we use Active Release Techniques?
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How do we use ART?
Soft Tissue Conditions
injuries with ART
we treat with ART
We use Active Release Technique for treating over
95% of our patients, and have a proven success rate that exceeds
90% for broad range of conditions.
When a patient comes into our clinic, we expect results.
After only two to three visits we expect to see your strength, speed
and endurance of the affected area improve. To develop strength
and flexibility, we provide our patients with specific exercise
that are essential to your rehabilitation.
If you don't show improvement, we know the root cause
of the problem has not been discovered, or that further strength
in the area must be developed.
Our goal is to resolve your condition. We do not perform
endless treatments without results. Over 90% of our patients require
only 2-8 patient visits. Of course this success rate also requires
the patient to follow our advice on rehabilitative exercises.
In order to achieve a high level of results when treating
soft tissue conditions, our diagnosis must be extremely specific about
the nature of the lesion, the exact tissue involved, and the syndrome
it has caused.
Many soft tissue diagnosis are vague and inaccurate. Examples
of nonspecific diagnosis include "Carpal
Tunnel Syndrome, Tennis
Elbow, or Plantar Fasciitis".
All of these diagnosis are nonspecific and will be interpreted and treated
differently by different Practitioners. Our goal is to be as accurate
and specific and possible with the diagnosis.
During our diagnostic procedures we:
- Perform established medical orthopedic
and neurological examinations.
- Establish the nature of the lesion.
- Identify the exact tissues involved.
- Determine the syndrome it has created.
We focus on four fundamental areas of soft tissue diagnosis:
- Tissue texture
- Tissue tension
- Tissue movement
- Tissue function
After establishing an accurate and specific diagnosis, we
treat our patients with specific hands on soft tissue manipulation.
- Once the lesion has been found, we take
the involved tissue from a shortened to a fully lengthened position,
while the doctor's hand moves in the same longitudinal direction
as the soft tissue fibers to remove the adhesions.
- Each movement performed in ART is done
in the same direction as the tissue fibers, lymphatic, and venous
flows to effectively break up adhesions, prevent bruising, and
prevent further inflammation.
- 90% of the treatment is performed during
the last 10% percent of motion. This is when we break the greatest
number of restrictions.
correct touch in ART cannot be taught out of a book. It is learned
directly from qualified instructor, and requires years of hands-on
- It is extremely important that all motions using ART are performed
at a very slow rate. Fast motions increase patient pain and make
for a less effective treatment.
- Whenever possible, we ask our patients to perform active motions,
as instructed by the doctor.
- Patient motion must be very specific and slow to meet the requirements
of the hundred of different protocols that we execute.
Active release technique has very specific guidelines on
how soft tissue should be treated. Click
this link to find a qualified practitioner for your area.
|Injuries We Treat With ART
We can help you deal with a broad range of soft tissue injuries
including the following: