Active Release Technique: A.R.T.
Over-used muscles (and other soft tissues) change in three important ways:
- Acute conditions (pulls, tears, collisions, etc.)
- Accumulation of small tears (micro-trauma)
- Not getting enough oxygen (hypoxia)
Each of these factors 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, tension on tendons causes tendonitis, and nerves may become entrapped. This can cause reduced range of motion, loss of strength, and pain. If a nerve is trapped, 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. Abnormal 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; therefore, ART is not a cookie-cutter approach.
It is our prime mission at La Ruffa Chiropractic & Sports Rehab to help you achieve restoration of function, improve your quality of life, improve physical ability, and achieve pain relief through non-surgical treatment. Physicians and satisfied patients are our greatest sources of referral. We've seen people turning in greater numbers to wellness centers such as ours for everything from chiropractic care to massage and sports injury recovery. We emphasize improving your total health in an effort to reduce the risk of pain or illness. Our team, headed by Dr. August La Ruffa, will personally custom-tailor a wellness program for your physical needs using the least invasive and most effective techniques and treatments used in the practice of functional medicine.