ART (ACTIVE RELEASE TECHNIQUE)
ART is a patented, state of the art soft tissue system/movement based massage technique that treats problems with
muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. 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. These conditions all have one important thing in common: they are often a result of overused muscles.
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. Abnormal tissues are treated by combining precisely directed tension with very specific patient movements.
FAT-TOOL (FASCIAL ABRASION TECHNIQUE)
The fascial abrasion technique (FAT) involves the use of a tool to break down scar tissue and resolve fascial restrictions. The technique is used to treat painful conditions resulting from acute injuries or overuse disorders such as; carpal tunnel syndrome, plantar fasciitis, cervical and lumbar strains, tendinosis (achilles and rotator cuff), patella-femoral knee pain, as well as golfer's elbow.
The contoured shape of the instrument allows the clinician to locate the specific area of the fascial restriction. The instrument is then used to apply a precise pressure to reduce the fascial tension. The technique can also be used to stimulate a local inflammatory response that can facilitate the rebuilding of injured soft tissue. It is often considered more effective and less painful than the Graston Technique.
Graston Technique® is an innovative, patented form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization that enables clinicians to effectively break down scar tissue and fascial restrictions. The technique utilizes specially designed stainless steel instruments to specifically detect and effectively treat areas exhibiting soft tissue fibrosis or chronic inflammation.
Originally developed by athletes, Graston Technique® is an interdisciplinary treatment used by more than 13,000 clinicians worldwide—including chiropractors, physical and occupational therapists, and hand therapists.
DRY NEEDLING & MYOFASCIAL CUPPING
Dry needling is an evidence-based treatment technique that requires effective manual assessment of the neuromuscular system in the treatment of trigger points for persons with muscles, tendon, nerve, ligament, and fascial pain. Dry needling is an invasive procedure in which a filiform needle is inserted into the skin and muscle directly at a myofascial trigger point. Physicians are well trained to utilize dry needling in conjunction with manual physical therapy interventions. Research supports that dry needling improves pain control, reduces muscle tension, normalizes biochemical and electrical dysfunction of muscles and nerves, and facilitates an accelerated return to pain free activity.
Cupping therapy is an ancient form of alternative medicine in which a therapist uses special cups directly on a patients skin for a few minutes to create suction. This therapy is utilized for many purposes, including; help with pain, inflammation, increased blood flow, relaxation, and overall well being.
The reason why cupping is so different from the Graston Technique and the Fascial Abrasion Technique is that with this method, you are able to pull fascia perpendicular to the muscle belly, thus allow us to treat the area 360 degrees.