What is Injury Care
Active Release Technqiue
is effective for all types of injuries. When it comes to soft tissue
injuries the greatest percent of these injuries are Repetive
Strain Injuries (RSI). In fact the cost of these injuries has
over taken all other health care expendicures and are now the greatest
drain on our health care system.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational
Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), repetitive strain injuries
are the nation's most common and costly occupational health problem,
affecting hundreds of thousands of north american workers, and costing
more than 100 billion a year in related costs.
Repetitive Strain Injuries (RSI) caused by cumulative
trauma are now the major cause of injuries in the workforce. Statistics
show that the number of patients suffering from cumulative trauma
has now surpassed those suffering from back pain.
RSI cases have increased at a phenomenal rate of 670
% over the last five years.
Common therapies such as cross friction massage,
heat, cold, electrical stimulation, rest, exercise, and surgery
have all failed to treat cumulative trauma effectively.
Repetitive Strain Injuries (RSI)
Repetitive Strain Injuries are a result of specific, measurable,
physical factors. To understand how repetitive strain injuries occur,
it's helpful to review the Repetive Motion Formula(Copywrite Dr. Mike
The following formula describes the impact of the various physical factors
upon the tissues of the human body.
I = Insult to the tissue.
N = Number of repetitions.
F = Force of tension of each repetition as a percentage of maximum muscle
A = Amplitude of each motion.
R = Time spent relaxing between repetitions (lack of pressure or tension
on the involved
The only way to decrease the incidence of carpal tunnel syndrome
or CTD is to manipulate these four factors ( N, F, A, and R) to reduce
the total insult to the tissues.
Weak and Tight Tissues Repetitive effort, for
example, tends to make muscles tighten. A tight muscle tends to weaken;
a weak muscle tends to tighten. And on it goes.
Friction - Pressure - Tension As
a result of weak and tight tissues, internal forces rise. Friction, pressure,
or tension can be present at the same time. If one or more of these factors
is high, an acute injury and inflammation can result -- even without external
forces being applied.
Decreased Circulation - Edema
Increased forces on tissues results in decreased circulation. Edema results
if pressure is applied over one of the vulnerable, low-pressure lymphatic
channels. External forces - in the form of a constant pressure or tension
injury -- may also decrease circulation or cause edema.
Adhesion - Fibrosis Adhesions can occur
as a result of acute injury, repetitive motion, and constant pressure
or tension. Cellular hypoxia, from restricted circulation, causes fibrosis
and adhesions to occur between tissues. When the friction-pressure-tension
factor is severe, or when an acute injury occurs, two additional factors
come into play.
- Tear/crush syndrome.
- Inflammatory response.
Tear or Crush The physical tearing and crushing of
the tissues - microscopic or macroscopic - can occur when sufficient force
is applied. This can be the result of an external force, result from acute
injuries, or occur from internal stresses.
Inflammation Inflammation is a result of any injury
and begins the adhesion process. The cycle progresses from inflammation
into the "weak-and-tense" phase.
There are many extrinsic factors which affect the cycle, but, they do
it in predictable ways.
- Smoking and diabetes tend to decrease circulation
and perpetuate the injury cycle.
- Thyroid deficiencies increase muscular tension and
accelerate the weak and tense factors of the Cumulative
- Hormonal changes - due to excessive body weight,
hysterectomy, and pregnancy lead to predictable alterations to
|ART can help
with these types of injuries
We use ART to treat a broad range of soft tissue injuries,
including the following:
We have recently published the first book about Active
Release Techniques, written specifically for the general public.
Release Your Pain - Resolving
Repetitive Strain Injuries with Active Release Techniques®
(ART®) is an informative, easy-to-read book, that helps
you to understand the true cause of repetitive strain injuries.
Did you know that many common therapies
(such as medication, physiotherapy, chiropractic treatment,
massage, electrical muscle stimulation, rest, exercise, and
surgery) have all failed to effectively resolve repetitive
strain injuries. RSI sufferers are rarely able to find effective
or complete treatment with these traditional treatments! Read
Your Pain now to understand why these treatments often
fail to solve your problem.
Understand the true cause of your pain,
learn how it can be resolved, then use the specially designed exercises
included in this book to prevent its reoccurrence.
Read our new book, Release
Your Pain, to see how Active Release Techniques can help
you with your injuries.