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How do we use Active Release Techniques?

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How do we use ART?

Diagnosing Soft Tissue Conditions

Treating injuries with ART

Injuries 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.

Diagnosing Soft Tissue Conditions

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
Treating Injuries with ART

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.

The correct touch in ART cannot be taught out of a book. It is learned directly from qualified instructor, and requires years of hands-on experience!

  • 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:

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Phone: 403-241-3772
Fax: 403-241-3846
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