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Active Release Techniques® (ART®) is widely used by professional and amateur athletes for injury care and performance enhancement. It is a hands-on technique that speeds and improves recovery from sports, auto, on-the-job and repetitive stress injuries.
Individual muscles are separated from each other by filmy layers of connective tissue called fascia that permit the muscles to slide freely in relation to each other. This permits one muscle to contract without pulling on its' neighbors, permitting free and independent function. Injuries or chronic overuse often cause fibrous tissue to adhere between muscles, essentially gluing them together. Scar tissue may also form within individual muscles, impairing normal pain-free function. Active Release Techniques® breaks up these adhesions, reducing mechanical strain by restoring normal muscle function.
Fibrous tissue from injury or overuse can also adhere to adjacent nerves, causing or contributing to nerve entrapment syndromes like carpal tunnel syndrome, thoracic outlet syndrome, ulnar nerve entrapment and piriformis sydrome.
Headaches: Tight muscles in the neck, particularly at the base of the skull, along with restricted motion of joints in the neck, contribute greatly to both tension headaches and migraines. One of the suboccipital muscles, the rectus capitus postererior minor actually has fibers that travel inside the skull, connecting to the pain sensitive outer membrane surrounding the brain, the dura mater. Active Release Techniques® is able to relax these muscles much more effectively than typical massage, medication or adjustments alone. In combination with adjustments, theraputic exercise instruction (rehab) and ergonomic instruction, Active Release Techniques® typically provides tremendous relief of tension headaches and migraine headaches.
Carpal tunnel syndrome: Combined with chiropractic adjustments and exercise therapy, ART® maximizes recovery. ART® has proven effective in the treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome, other nerve entrapment syndromes & many other conditions.
Frozen shoulder or adhesive capsulitis: results in painfully restricted mobility of the shoulder that gradually worsens until the pain finally eases after several months, leaving continued painfree restriction of motion. Severe stiffness then very slowly improves, with full recovery typically taking 1 1/2 to 2 years. Efforts to mobilize the shoulder can actually worsen the condition if performed too aggressive in the initial, acute stage. If applied judiciously and at the right time, they can speed recovery to a duration of several months. New developements in ART® methods allows recovery in a fraction of the time commonly achieved through other forms of therapy. At Thompson Chiropractic, your speedy and complete recovery is our goal.
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