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ART for the Rest of Us:  Joseph Hooper


"Muscles are the underdogs of the medical world," says Keren Day, a Manhattan chiropractor and ART therapist. Never heard of ART? Most haven't. And while orthopedists can surgically repair joints, and physical therapists supervise stretching and strengthening programs often without directly laying their hands on the muscle tissue itself, what elite athletes have learned is that there's an alternate world of injury treatment, where therapists poke and prod soft tissue with their hands to often extraordinary effects. Some of the most common problems – lower-back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, runner's knee – are ideal for ART. "Tight, dysfunctional muscles are tugging and pulling at the joint or irritating nerves," Day says, "and often that's what is causing the injury." First developed in the 1980s by Colorado sports chiropractor Mike Leahy, ART quickly spread among the ranks of pro athletes, though they're hardly the only ones who can benefit.

Many people put up with low-back pain or have surgery to remove damaged vertebral disks, but both situations can often be avoided with ART. To relieve low-back pain, therapists dig their thumbs into the psoas muscle, which runs from spine to hip and contracts when you sit all day, forcing the muscles in your lumbar spine to pull to keep your spine aligned. These muscles, the erector spinae, eventually become overworked and inflamed. Get the psoas to "release" with deep-tissue work, and the pain often disappears. "Without addressing the psoas, most lower back pain will always be chronic," Day says, "and most MDs don't even know what the psoas is."


Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS), which causes pain, numbness, and weakness in the wrist and hand, happens when a major nerve in your wrist area gets compressed, often from too much computer work. But CTS is overdiagnosed, according to Dr. Jennifer Solomon, a physiatrist at Manhattan's Hospital for Special Surgery. Instead of surgery or elaborate braces and splints, the solution may be as simple as a few ART treatments to relax overstressed forearm muscles, which can cause CTS symptoms.

Runner's knee is a chronic low-grade ache in the knee, also known as patellofemoral pain syndrome. An ART therapist will try to correct an imbalance in the four quad muscles that direct the way the kneecap tracks and can force the kneecap to rub painfully against the groove in the femur. The therapist works to relax all the quads, to get the muscles smoothly and firing more strongly."


2016 Mens Journal http://www.mensjournal.com/health-fitness/health/art-for-the-rest-of-us-20130327


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The Active Release Technique is an innovative, patented, hands-on soft tissue movement and stretching 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,  tennis elbow and sports injuries are just a few of the many conditions that can be resolved quickly and permanently with Active Release Therapy.  These conditions all have one important thing in common: they are often a result of overused muscles.

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We all experience injuries to our soft tissues from traumatic events or repetitive behaviors that build up over time.  These changes create a hypoxic (lack of oxygen) environment leading to scar tissue, muscle adheshions and nerve entrapments.  These negative soft tissue responses cause a change in the tissue texture, tension and how the muscle is supposed to move.  This leads to discomfort, pain, stiffness and immobility.  If a nerve is trapped you may also feel tingling, numbness, and weakness.


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Dr. Atencio will use the Active Release Technique to break up the scar tissue. This is done through more than 500 treatment moves or protocols that aim to identify problem areas, apply contact tension, and lengthen the tissue or make it move smoothly to the adjacent tissue.


An Active Release Technique session marries patient assessment and treatment. Dr. Atencio will evaluate the condition of the muscles, tendons, ligaments and tissues while applying the appropriate techniques when problems in the area’s density, texture and mobility are detected.  An Active Release Technique session is very different from a relaxing massage. The level of discomfort varies. But patients are willing to undergo a few sessions of discomfort because of the long-term relief it can bring after months or years of enduring pain



These treatment protocols – over 500 specific moves – are unique to the Active Release Technique. They allow us to identify and correct the specific problems that are affecting each individual client. Active Release Therapy is not a cookie-cutter approach and has proven to be very successful for our clients.


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There are a variety of common causes for overuse injuries including:

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Peripheral Nerve Entrapments
Spinal Pain
Tendonitis
Sciatica Back Pain
Soft-Tissue Inflammation
TMJ/TMD
Muscle Strain/Sprain

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