Active Release Therapy and Chiropractic Care at our Redmond office
Active Release Therapy and Chiropractic Care
Chiropractic adjustments are far more effective when combined with Active Release Technique (ART) especially for athletic injuries. So even if you have been to a chiropractor many times before, you may find we do things a little differently here in our Redmond chiropractic office.
Active Release Therapy (ART) explained
Active Release Therapy (ART) is a technique for opening the tight areas in your muscles. In the simplest terms, the doctor applies pressure to the affected muscles while manipulating them through a range of motion. The combination of precise pressure and movement breaks down the fibrous collagen in the muscle tissue, in effect releasing it.
ART was originally developed to get athletes back to their sport as quickly as possible by working on the scar tissue in their overused muscles. Now this innovative treatment is used worldwide by practitioners to treat everything from problems with muscles, to tendons, ligaments, fascia and even nerves.
Why we combine ART with chiropractic
The goal is to get you moving comfortably again, with your muscles and bones working together. If we only work on your skeletal system, we are leaving out a key element in good movement. This, by the way, is why we always give you exercises to do at home as well.
When your muscles accumulate fibrous collagen, which is really scar tissue, they are stuck just like a knot is stuck in a string. It doesn’t matter how much you pull on a string, you won’t get rid of the knot until you untie it. ART helps us untie the knot in the muscle.
What to expect during an ART treatment
During your exam the doctor will identify the muscles that need treatment. Then the doctor will take you through guided movements while applying tension on the muscle. This opens short, tight muscles, and helps break down scar tissue that has developed in them.
What does scar tissue do to my muscles?
Overuse of muscles from a workout or even working at your desk with poor posture, causes the body to produce dense scar tissue in the overused area. With time, this scar tissues prevents the muscles from moving well and you feel “tight”. It is a vicious cycle: you get tight, and can’t move as well, so you move less. So your muscles get tighter and weaker with lack of movement and reduced blood flow. Nerves can even get entrapped in this process leading to weird tingling sensations, numbness, and weakness.
Conditions treated with ART
Problems including headaches, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, shin splints, shoulder pain, sciatica, plantar fasciitis, knee problems, and tennis elbow are just a few of the many conditions that can be resolved quickly and permanently with ART.
What a typical visit looks like
The visit goes in two stages. First, the doctor will use ART, along with chiropractic adjustments as appropriate. We may also apply kinesiology tape to support healing as well. Next, we head into the gym and teach you corrective exercises that will help you fix faulty movement patterns. The more you do the exercises we give you, the less often you may need to come back. See? No rack and crack!