About The Techniques We Use
About Our Techniques
Active Release Technique is non-invasive manual therapy treatment system precisely engineered to locate and quickly resolve soft-tissue disorders.
How does it work?
The ART diagnostic process utilizes the provider’s hands to identify aberrations in tissue texture, tension, and movement, continuing until the provider determines the root cause of a condition
Once identified, the condition is targeted by one or more ART treatment protocols, each combining precise touch with specific patient movements to restore proper function and relieve pain
Because the ART system is unique, the results are uncommon. There are no known side effects and most conditions, including strains, sprains, and other musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), are resolved in just five or fewer treatment sessions
BFR is taking a device such as a cuff or wrap and placing it around a limb to curb partial blood blow to the affected area. When placing the cuff around the limb, blood flow is restricted by limiting arterial flow and venous return. By restricting the blood flow, higher levels of metabolic stress are created. Both metabolic stress and mechanical tension are associated with increased muscle growth. Because BFR can create this metabolic stress, exercises can be performed with low-load resistance training and achieve the same if not better results than traditional strength training.
Corrective Exercise is a technique that leverages an understanding of anatomy, kinesiology, and biomechanics to address and fix movement compensations and imbalances to improve the overall quality of movement during workouts and in everyday life.
Corrective Exercise is used to help assess and determine the root cause of imbalances and faulty movement patterns that lead to issues with posture, balance, and total body coordination.
Cupping is a manual therapy technique that is used to assist with pain management, decrease muscle or fascia tightness and promote healing. This is done by attaching plastic, glass, or silicone cups to the skin via suction. Cupping differs from other manual techniques because it provides a decompressive force to the tissues. This negative pressure draws blood flow to the area which sparks an inflammatory process to promote healing. Typically, the cups are left in place or moved around by the therapist for 5-10 minutes. The therapist can also assist the patient with moving through motions that they are having difficulty performing due to pain or tightness. This technique can leave marks on the skin but each individual is different with regards to how long the marks will last. Some marks disappear within a few minutes and some can last for several days.
E-stim uses electrical pulses to mimic the action of signals coming from neurons (cells in your nervous system). These mild electrical currents target either muscles or nerves.
E-stim therapy for muscle recovery sends signals to targeted muscles to make them contract. (Flexing your biceps is a form of muscle contraction.) By causing repeated muscle contractions, blood flow improves, helping repair injured muscles.
Those muscles also improve their strength through repeated cycles of contraction and relaxation. E-stim can also “train” muscles to respond to the body’s natural signals to contract. This is an especially helpful benefit for stroke survivors who must essentially relearn basic motor functions.
The type of e-stim that focuses on pain relief sends signals on a different wavelength so they reach the nerves, rather than the muscles. Electrical stimulation can block pain receptors from being sent from nerves to the brain.
Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM)
Soft tissue injuries can be debilitating and frustrating. Graston Technique® (GT) therapy effectively treats all soft tissue conditions, whether chronic, acute, or post-surgical. GT therapy can help you enjoy life again. The Graston Technique and instruments enable the treatment of scar tissue and fascial restrictions during rehabilitation, allowing for faster rehabilitation and greater success when the goal is restoring range of motion, eliminating pain, and restoring normal function.
Piezo-electric shockwave therapy (Also known PiezoWave) is an extremely effective and non-invasive solution to pain associated with the musculoskeletal system. It delivers a series of high-energy percussions to the area being treated. These are NOT electric shocks, but physical/mechanical pulses that will travel through the tissue being treated.
WHAT ARE THE PHYSIOLOGICAL EFFECTS?
Piezo-electric shockwave is has been clinically shown, to have the following effects:
1. Eliminate pain
2. Facilitate healing
3. Improve local microcirculation leading to improved tissue metabolism
4. Increase production of collagen
5. Reduce local muscle tension
6. Help dissolve calcific fibroblasts
7. Stimulate the “washing away” of Substance-P (a pain-producing chemical)
Joint mobilization is the careful use of skilled graded forces to move a joint in a desired direction. Unlike stretching of a muscle joint mobilization is specific to the capsule of the joint itself. Gliding of the joint is usually used to improve motion and normalize joint function. Joint mobilization also has the added benefit of controlling pain.
K Tape is used to support and relieve pain in muscles, joints, and/or ligaments. It reduces swelling, increases mobility and enhances recovery. KT Tape can be used to prevent or treat many common muscle and joint related injuries including: sprains, muscle strains, subluxations, and tendonitis. KT tape provides support and pain relief before, during, and/or after an activity. Range of motion is not limited. KT tape-with the body’s ability to heal itself, can provide therapeutic relief to a variety of populations and diagnoses.
NormaTec Compression Therapy is a treatment modality that uses pulse massage patterns to boost recovery. The dynamic compression device uses compressed air to massage limbs, mobilize fluid, and fight inflammation. Limbs are inserted into sleeves that are inflated to compress the muscles. The compression system then pulses up the limbs, squeezing pain-causing fluid & lactic acid out of them. The limbs are then replenished with fresh blood, stimulating recovery.
Trigger Point Dry Needling (TDN), is a specialized technique that uses a thin filiform needle to penetrate the skin and release underlying myofascial trigger points (muscular and connective tissues) for the management of neuro musculoskeletal pain. Dry needling is a technique used to treat dysfunctions in skeletal muscle, fascia, and connective tissue to diminish persistent peripheral nociceptive input and reduce or restore impairments of body structure and function leading to improved activity and participation.