ART or Active Release Technique
This technique can be used to treat a wide number of conditions such as back pain, headaches, shin splints, sciatica, knee pain, carpal tunnel syndrome and tennis elbow. ART treats these conditions in a short time frame and prevents the problem from coming back.
All these conditions have one thing in common: they are all the result of overused muscles.
Why Do Muscles Get Overused?
Three things happen to muscles that are overused:
– Muscles can get torn or pulled.
– Small tears can accumulate.
– Muscles are not getting enough oxygen.
These three factors lead to the creation of scar tissue in the affected area. This tissue can be very tough and dense. It binds the muscle up and prevents you from moving freely. Scar tissue causes muscles to become weaker and smaller. Scar tissue can also appear on tendons and lead to tendonitis or cause nerves to become trapped. You could experience difficulties with moving, lose some of your strength and experience pain. You might experience numbness, weakness or a tingling sensation if a nerve is trapped in scar tissue.
What Is ART?
There are two elements to every ART session, including an examination and the actual treatment. Your ART provider will start by evaluating the texture and movement of your muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves and fascia. It is possible to treat the abnormal tissues by using tension while having you perform some specific movements.
There are more than 500 different moves used to treat affected tissues. These moves are used by ART providers to identify the issues and treat the problems they detected. There is no single method used by ART providers.
The Graston Technique
Graston Technique providers use instruments made from stainless steel to treat an area where chronic inflammation occurs or to get rid of soft tissue fibrosis.
This patented technique was originally used by athletes. More than 12,500 clinicians use this interdisciplinary treatment. This includes occupational and physical therapists, chiropractors, athletic trainers and hand therapists.
Orthopedics refers to a brand of medicine dedicated to preventing and correcting injuries of the muscles, ligaments, joints and bones. Orthopedic massages includes different techniques used to treat injuries and pain.
Deep tissue massages, neuromuscular therapy, trigger point therapy, Swedish massage and myofascial release are some of these techniques. These terms might sound very technical, but the main goal of an orthopedic massage is to provider relaxation and pain relief.
Deep Tissue Massage
DTM or Deep Tissue Massage consists in treating deeper muscle and fascial tissues. Your massage therapist can reduce the adhesion between the different tissue layers. The adhesion that appears between tissue layers is a result of everyday use. This can lead to inflammation, impinge nerves or distort your posture.
Deep tissue massages are often associated with pain. It is true that receiving a deep tissue massage can feel uncomfortable but you should not experience severe pain. A properly executed deep tissue massage can be very relaxing.
The Titleist Performance Institute
The Titleist Performance Institute specializes in evaluating athletes. A number of tests and functional movement screens are used to assess the athlete’s current mobility and stability readiness. The athlete’s health history and their physical assessment are also used.
This assessment is tailored in function of the sport the athlete practices. A customized training regime, stretches and progressive exercises are then recommended. As an athlete, you can perform the recommended workouts on your own or with your trainer. The recommended workouts will improve your dynamic body mechanics so that you can perform better.
Functional Movement Screen (FMS/SFMA)
FMS refers to a grading system used to document movement patterns. Patterns are screened to find any asymmetries and functional limitations. The result shows an athlete’s readiness for specific exercises.
The FMS score can be used to designe a customized treatment plan and exercises. This procedure is about setting some realistic goals.
This tapping method is used to help with the rehabilitation process of an injured athlete. Research has shown that kinesiotape helps improve the range of motion, reduces pain and improves lymphatic drainage.
This process is about improving the motion of a joint through manipulation. This method is used to treat joints that have become restricted, either because of an injury or through repetitive actions.
SMFA Or Selective Functional Movement Assessment
SFMA is a very comprehensive assessment of the movement patterns of an athlete. The purpose of SMFA is to select the most relevant exercises and therapies. This assessment process includes muscle balance, posture and the patterns of movements. The results are matched with relevant musculoskeletal treatments.
This method is about traction. Flexion-distraction is used to reduce the pressure on a joint by pulling it. This method is often used to treat disc problems in the neck or lower back.