The chiropractic adjustment looks to affect joints that have lost normal motion between them and restores that functionality.
Active Release Technique (ART)
Dr. Hadsell is full body certified in ART, a soft tissue movement based massage technique that treats overuse 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.
How do overuse conditions occur?
Over-used muscles , tendons, and ligaments change in three important ways:
Acute conditions (pulls, tears, collisions, etc), Micro trauma- accumulation of small tears Hypoxia-not getting enough oxygen.
These factors can cause your body to produce tough, dense scar tissue. 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 can become trapped. 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.
What is an ART treatment like?
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.
Graston Technique® is an evidence-based form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization that enables clinicians to effectively address scar tissue and fascial restrictions through comprehensive training, resulting in improved patient outcomes. The technique uses specially-designed stainless steel instruments, along with appropriate therapeutic exercise, to specifically detect and effectively treat areas exhibiting soft tissue fibrosis or chronic inflammation. The instruments also are used diagnostically following the kinetic chain, to locate and treat the cause of the symptoms as well as the specific area of pain (grastontechnique.com).
Corrective exercises are prescribed to address deficiencies that have developed overtime as the result of an injury. Resolving the soft tissue injury in conjunction with rehabilitating the area is what helps produce long last results. The key to a successful physical rehabilitation program is a set of carefully prescribed exercises and patient participation.
Dr. Hadsell teaches exercises designed to help strengthen and correct each patient’s own unique imbalances. In addition, skeletal misalignment, muscles, and connective tissues can be out of place or strained by improper alignment and use. Specific exercises and stretches can help your body stay in balance and in health.
The Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) is a series of 7 full-body movement tests designed to assess fundamental patterns of movement such as bending and squatting in those with known musculoskeletal pain. When the clinical assessment is initiated from the perspective of the movement pattern, the clinician has the opportunity to identify meaningful impairments that may be seemingly unrelated to the main musculoskeletal complaint, but contribute to the associated disability. This concept, known as Regional Interdependence, is the hallmark of the SFMA.
The assessment guides the clinician to the most dysfunctional non-painful movement pattern, which is then assessed in detail. This approach is designed to complement the existing exam and serve as a model to efficiently integrate the concepts of posture, muscle balance and the fundamental patterns of movement into musculoskeletal practice. By addressing the most dysfunctional non-painful pattern, the application of targeted interventions (manual therapy and therapeutic exercise) is not adversely affected by pain.
SFMA offers doctors and physical therapists a new approach to the treatment of pain and dysfunction. Our standardized clinical model ensures isolating the cause of injury and efficient care.
This is a monthly membership including one chiropractic adjustment, one ART session, and one personal training session.
After your Functional Movements Assessment, you will be taught corrective exercises and stretches. You can choose to work closely with a personal trainer to ensure proper technique and form.
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