Our professional staff of Chiropractic Doctors emphasize improving your joint mobility and muscular function in an effort to reduce the risk of painful injury in the first place. Most people would rather avoid developing a painful condition, if they could. This is one of the main reasons for the big surge in the popularity of preventive health care and wellness.
People are recognizing the benefit of combining alternative health care with traditional medicine; a combination that will give them the best of both worlds. Our Doctors of Chiropractic understand the benefit of medical care, and will proactively refer you to trusted medical professionals in the area when warranted. Additionally, our doctors will frequently recommend treatments with our onsite massage therapists or refer you out for co-treatment with physical therapy. As a patient at Tacoma Chiropractic Center we will personally tailor a treatment program specifically targeted to your needs using the least invasive yet highly-effective techniques and services.
Specialized Techniques by our certified Chiropractor, Dr. Nick Thorburn
WHAT IS ACTIVE RELEASE TECHNIQUES (ART) TO INDIVIDUALS, ATHLETES, AND PATIENTS?
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.
HOW DO OVERUSE CONDITIONS OCCUR?
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 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.
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. ART is not a cookie-cutter approach.
WHAT IS THE HISTORY OF ACTIVE RELEASE TECHNIQUES?
ART has been developed, refined, and patented by P. Michael Leahy, DC, CCSP. Dr. Leahy noticed that his patients’ symptoms seemed to be related to changes in their soft tissue that could be felt by hand. By observing how muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments and nerves responded to different types of work, Dr. Leahy was able to consistently resolve over 90% of his patients’ problems. He now teaches and certifies health care providers all over the world to use ART.