Soft-Tissue Manipulative Therapy

Active Release Technique® (ART) is a patented, state-of-the-art soft tissue management system that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. Repetitive Strain Injuries and Cumulative Injuries Disorders can be resolved quickly and permanently with ART. These conditions all have one important thing in common: they are often a result of overused muscles.

Repetitive strain and/or cumulative injuries can cause your body to produce tough, dense scar tissue in the affected area. This scar tissue binds up and ties down tissues that need to move freely. As scar tissue builds up, muscles become shorter and weaker, causing tension on tendons, and nerves can become entrapped. This can cause reduced range of motion, loss of strength, and pain. I f a nerve is entrapped you may also feel tingling, numbness, and weakness.

Every ART session is actually 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. Dysfunctional 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. ART is not a cookie-cutter approach.

ART has been developed, refined, and patented by P. Michael Leahy, DC, CCSP. Dr. Leahy noticed that his patients’ symptoms seemed to be related to changes in their soft tissue that could be felt by hand. By observing how muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments and nerves responded to different types of work, Dr. Leahy was able to consistently resolve over 90% of his patients’ problems. Dr. Dworkin has studied and been credentialed by Dr. Leahy since 1999.

Derived from the Latin words “myo” – meaning muscle, and “fascia” – for band; Myofascial Release Therapy (MRT) releases tension from the fibrous bands of connecting tissue (fascia) aiming to free constrictions or blockages in the fascia, thereby alleviating problems with connective tissue scarring or injury.

MRT utilizes gentle, kneading manipulation that softly stretches, lengthens and realigns fascia. After careful observation of ones posture, a myofascial release therapist will feel for restricted areas of the body. When restricted areas are found, the myofascial release therapist will gently stretch tissues along the direction of the muscle fibers. This stretch is held until a softening or release is felt. The process is then repeated until the tension is felt no more.  By using MRT, disruptions of the fascial network are freed and tension on bones, muscles, joints and nerves is relieved. Myofascial release is often used in conjunction with other manipulative techniques to aid in optimal tissue texture and function.

Cross-friction Release (CRT) is a manual therapy that is applied directly to the lesion and transverse to the direction of the soft-tissue fibers.  The application of CRT causes an analgesic effect and realigns individual muscle, tendon, and ligament fibers at the site of injury.  The technique is often used in conjunction with other manipulative techniques to aid in optimal tissue texture and function.

Since its beginning, chiropractic has been based on the scientific fact that the nervous system controls the function of every cell, tissue, organ, and system of your body.

While the brain is protected by the skull, the spinal cord and its nerves that extend into the extremities are more vulnerable. When the joints of the body (spine and extremities) lose their normal motion or position, they can irritate the nervous system. This disrupts the function of the tissues or organs these nerves control.

Chiropractic is the science of locating these areas of spinal and extremity malpositions, the art of correcting them, and the philosophy of things natural.

The art of correcting areas of spinal and extremity malpositions requires using carefully directed and controlled pressure to restore spinal and extremity joints to a more optimal position, increasing motion. When spinal and extremity structural alignment is improved, nervous system function will be restored.

Functional strength training simply means training our bodies to better perform the types of movements we use for everyday living.  Activities or exercises are focused on the integrat ion of core strength and stability with full body movements.  This will enable the individual to execute activities of daily living without the risk of injury.

Functional strength movements we perform can also include actions specific to a sport or competition.  The only difference between activities of daily living and sport specific movements is the amount of stress on the body. Consequently, the importance of functional strength and conditioning is paramount no matter what your level of activity or fitness.