ART® is a highly successful approach to the diagnosis and treatment of soft tissues including muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves and fascia. ART® practitioners must take a comprehensive course and become certified to perform the technique. ART® is optimal to other soft tissue therapies in the sense that the practitioner is able to effectively apply appropriate tension to the injured structure in order to gain mobility and break up scar tissue and adhesions. It is effective for issues such as (but not limited to) low back pain, neck pain, elbow tendonosis, rotator cuff tendonosis, knee pain, shin splints, carpal tunnel syndrome, running injuries and numerous other conditions. Professional athletes have been using ART® for years.
How does it work and why is it effective?
When a muscle, tendon, or ligament is injured, the body forms scar tissue (sometimes also called adhesions). Scar tissue is how the body connects and binds injured tissue. Unfortunately, that same scar tissue often sticks to surrounding structures like “glue.” If a nerve runs through a muscle in the spot where there is scar tissue, the nerve can be pinched or pulled by that adhesion, causing it to fire pain signals. The resulting limited motion overworks healthy tissue, also leading to pain. Scar tissue can also result from overuse of muscles, tendons and ligaments.
Scar tissue requires treatment because the body has no mechanism to reduce scar tissue naturally. Although the body can sometimes adapt to, and tolerate a certain amount of scar tissue, it will not function optimally and can cause further injury. ART® practitioners are highly skilled at finding the exact location of scar within each tissue and have over 500 specific treatment protocols that they can apply depending on the condition.
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 involved?
ART® is a manual technique provided by the Chiropractor. Unlike other treatment methods, the patient is an active participant in ART®. Every ART® session is a combination of examination and treatment. Examination involves the identification of the soft tissue that has been injured and where scar tissue has formed due to direct injury or from overuse. Treatment then involves guided movement of the patient, increasing tension and breaking up the painful scar tissue.
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