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Active Release Techniques (ART®) are one of the most effective forms of treatment for repetitive-motion injuries, has helped Olympic athletes achieve gold medals, and allowed injured athletes to return quickly to their training protocols. With a success rate of over 90%, ART® has become one of most sought after soft tissue treatments in the world today. ART® is a patented, state-of-the-art soft tissue system/movement based technique that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves.
Each ART® session is a combination of examination and treatment. Active Care Atlanta doctors use their 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.
Understanding the process of Cumulative Trauma is key to breaking the cycle of repetitive injury. After an injury occurs, whether it is acute or chronic, your body begins to heal the damaged tissues. The inflammatory process begins as the injured tissues are repaired. During this process, scar tissue is laid down (just like when you cut your skin) in order to strengthen the weakened structures. This scar tissue does not stretch and is considered “non-functional” tissue.
As you become more active and begin to use that part of your body that was injured, the tissues are expected to stretch and slide as you and further injury and inflammation can occur. Decreasing the amount of scar tissue and inflammation is vital in decreasing injury duration, repeat injuries, and thus, avoiding a decreased performance to help you reach your performance goals. The Active Release Techniques are specifically designed to break this cycle and work very quickly and effectively to eliminate long term damage.
Motor Vehicle Accidents (MVA) can result in a variety of injuries and symptoms, and even a minor MVA can have major effects on your health. Many symptoms may take weeks or months to manifest. It is easy to be fooled into thinking that you are not as injured as you really are. The sooner treatment is started in relation to the accident the quicker the recovery.
The Most Common Injury from MVA’s is Whiplash.
The culprit of your pain from whiplash is injury to the ligaments, soft tissue, and discs of the neck/spine from the body’s reaction to a deceleration or acceleration force.
After a Motor Vehicle Accident (MVA), your body goes into “protection mode” and your joints and muscles get stiff. It’s vital to relax your body back to normal as quickly as possible to prevent long-term pain. The injury to the soft tissues can create scar tissue. While necessary for healing, scar tissue may attach to a nearby structure, restricting the range of motion and may cause compression over nerves or blood vessels.
The spine is made of several bones that connect together at joints. These joints should move smoothly in all directions. Sometimes when there is irritation or inflammation in an area of the spine those joints stop moving the way they were meant to. When that happens, the muscles, nerves, ligaments, and joints all stop functioning optimally. This is what chiropractors call a subluxation or joint restriction. Maintaining proper joint motion is important to avoid injuries and/or nervous system irritation. In order to restore proper joint mechanics and motion the doctor will direct a small amount of pressure (adjustment) at the specific joints which are restricted.
The muscles attached to the spine have a memory for their previous position and have a tendency to pull on the joints even after an adjustment is given. Providing soft tissue treatments helps the muscles “remember” the new desired position. That is why it is important to address the muscles as well as adjust the joints at the same time.
“The doctor of the future will give NO MEDICINE, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet and in the cause and PREVENTION of DISEASE.” – Thomas A. Edison
sub = less than | luxation = dislocation
A subluxation is a stress response where muscles go into spasm, spinal bones lock up, and adjacent nerves are choked or irritated. This interferes with the control and regulation of your body and garbles communication between the brain and parts of your body.
Distorted nerve communications can be an underlying cause of many health problems beyond just headaches and back pain. For example, it interferes with nerve impulses going to or from your stomach which creates stomach problems. Your nervous system controls every cell, tissue, organ and system of your body. These nerve impulses travel through your spine, so having a spine free of vertebral subluxation allows your nervous system to function optimally and for you improve your health.
Only a chiropractic examination can detect subluxations, and chiropractic adjustments is the only natural way to reduce their effect to your nervous system. Find out if you have subluxations before they become more serious and more difficult to correct.
Activator Methods is an instrument assisted chiropractic adjusting technique. The Activator is a hand-held spring loaded instrument that delivers a precise, controlled impulse to the joint. A benefit to Activator adjusting procedures is that the patient is able to relax without any added torque to the body.
Some patient’s prefer a lower force adjustment from the Activator as it allows them to relax more during the treatment. Because of the accuracy and controlled force, Activator adjustments are suitable and comfortable for all types of patients, ranging from pregnant women, babies, children, seniors, and athletes.
During a typical adjustment with the Activator, the chiropractor applies the Activator device to the tissues at or near the affected joint. An initial pressure is followed by a quick thrust from the device, which feels much like having one’s reflex tested by tapping your knee.
St3 Fuzion is an aluminum professional level soft tissue therapy tool. The St3 Fuzion tool was designed to maximize the efficiency and effectiveness of the doctor for treating overuse injuries and scar tissue.
The Kinesio Taping® Method is a definitive rehabilitative taping technique that is designed to facilitate the body’s natural healing process while providing support and stability to muscles and joints without restricting the body’s range of
motion. It also provides extended soft tissue manipulation to prolong the benefits of manual therapy when administered
within the clinical setting.
Developed by Dr. Kenzo Kase over 25 years ago, the tape has the same elasticity as healthy human muscle and lifts the skin microscopically. In recent years, professional and amateur sports teams have utilized this cutting-edge technique because it supports the problem area, promotes healing, and allows proper drainage of toxins while allowing full range of motion to speed up recovery, unlike traditional braces which restrict full movement. Big name athletes such as Lance Armstrong, Olympian Kerri Walsh, Serena Williams, and many more are embracing the power of Kinesio Taping.
Dance medicine is a specialized branch of medicine focusing on dancers and their injuries. It employs an injury diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation program specific to dancers.
The aesthetic movements of turnout, jumping, developées and pointe work put repetitive stresses on the body which can ultimately create overuse injuries. Dance has unique demands physically and mentally, and it is important for a physician to understand the proper terminology, technique, and requirements rehearsing places on these athletes.
Most dance injuries are not the result of a sudden traumatic event; they are chronic, stemming from inefficient movement patterns developed during training. These inefficient movement patterns teach the dancer to over use some muscles and under use others. As the dancer continues to train, this can turn into excessive stress and fatigue creating overuse/chronic problems.
Dancers generally have a good sense of how their bodies function and when they start to feel discomfort they alter their technique to avoid aggravating the injury. This creates imbalances and stress on inappropriate muscles, ligaments, and joints as well.
Educating the dancer on proper ways to improve their technique is vital to preventing injuries down the road.“The majority of injuries arise insidiously from cumulative tissue micro-trauma, as opposed to traumatic accidents like ankle sprains.” – Liederbach & Rose, 2008, AM J Sports Med
CrossFit is the sport of fitness which combines all aspects of physical conditioning. CrossFit trains the body to function optimally as a unit and efficiency is the key point.
This means the nervous system must be performing flawlessly so the muscles respond properly.
When one area of your body becomes injured or shuts down, everything in your body compensates for
When your body is not balanced and/or muscles are not
firing correctly, this predisposes you to not only a poor
performance but injury as well.
CrossFit is an amazing sport and fitness program that promotes peak physical strength and conditioning. The culture and passion of Crossfitters are unrenowned and it will be difficult to experience such teamwork and support in any other environment.
Our doctors at Active Care Atlanta have dedicated their lives and career around athletic performance. They are actively involved in the Crossfit community and understand Crossfit’s exercise concept and its culture. Our doctors know first-hand the biomechanics of these athletes and specifically design treatment protocol for each individual Crossfitter for faster recovery, better performance and preventing further injuries. Crossfit care involves:
A woman’s body goes through many physiological changes during pregnancy. While the body grows and shifts to shifts to make room for the developing baby, the spine and joints often become misaligned. This occurs because of changes in the pelvis, an increased back curve and protruding abdomen, and changes in posture.
Chiropractic adjustments along with a soft tissue treatment (Active Release Techniques) can help address these body stresses and changes, and make for an easier pregnancy. Treatments can help balance and align the pelvis, helping to create the most room possible for the growing baby. This also helps the baby move into the best possible position for delivery, increasing the mother’s ability to have a natural, non-invasive birth.
The pelvis is shaped like a bowl with the sacrum (tailbone) at the back. All the organs sit in the middle and connect to the pelvic bones via ligaments. There are two main ligaments to know during pregnancy: the round ligament and the utero-sacral ligament.
The round ligament connects the front uterus to the groin. This ligament grows and stretches throughout pregnancy and prevents the uterus from moving backwards in the pelvic bowl. Round ligament pain is common as one side stretches and is strained more than another.
The utero-sacral ligament connects the sides of the uterus to the sacrum. These ligaments prevent the uterus from moving forward and down.
As your body changes, the joints in your pelvis are likely to change as well. Sometimes the (a) sacrum moves backwards on one side, causing it to (b) pull on the utero-sacral ligament on that specific side, which then (c) pulls on the uterus. This creates a torque in the uterus, causing discomfort and may affect the amount of room the baby has to grow. Because there is a pull on the back side of the uterus, (d) the opposite round ligament on the front becomes strained and can create pain.
Webster Technique, discovered over 30 years ago by Dr. Larry Webster, DC, is a specific chiropractic analysis and adjustment of the pelvis that is predominantly used on pregnant women.
The goal of the adjustment is to reduce the effects of sacral misalignment. In doing so, neurological and biomechanical function in the sacral/pelvic region are improved, decreasing pain and giving mom and baby a better outcome.
At Active Care Atlanta our doctors use both active and passive therapy to help treat your condition. Not all patients need both active and passive therapy, so the doctors will TAILOR your treatment plan to fit your needs.
We utilize multiple active therapies in the office and instructs patients on exercises to perform at home. Some active therapy examples include:
Corrective exercises allow the doctors to place the patients in proper movement patterns to correct faulty movement issues. These exercises are vital in not only aiding the rehabilitation process, but keeping the injury from reoccurring. Corrective exercises are one of the important keys to functional longevity without further injuries or chronic pain.
We offer on-site digital x-ray exams and evaluations.
The following exams are available at Active Care Atlanta:
• Upper extremities: shoulder, hand, wrist, elbow, arm (humerus, ulna, radius)
• Lower extremities: hip, foot, ankle, knee, leg (tibia, fibula, femur)
• Chest / Ribs
• Lumbar / Low back
• Cervical / Neck
• Thoracic / Mid-Back
• Pelvis / Sacral
X-ray images of the skeletal system and internal organs are used for a wide variety of diagnostic purposes. X-rays are especially useful in showing detailed images of skeletal structure. They are more limited in their ability to reveal injuries or abnormalities in soft tissues such as tendons and ligaments.
To make X-ray images, electromagnetic radiation is passed through the body, and captured on film in the form of a radiograph. You may be asked to lie above film plates, or stand in front of them. The doctor will align the X-ray machine to take images only of the parts of the body specified by your doctor. In recent years, sensitive films have greatly reduced the amount of radiation required to produce a radiograph.
Our office provides specific massage and muscular therapy that is tailored to meet the patient’s condition and injury. The benefits of massage therapy may include increasing blood circulation, reducing swelling, relaxing muscles, relieving muscle pain and spasms, and aid in recovery and increased range of motion.
Swedish massage increases the circulation of blood and lymph, which has the result of cleaning and nourishing soft tissues–the skin and muscles. It lengthens and relaxes the superficial muscles and stimulates peristalsis in the intestines. Choose Swedish massage for relaxation to increase circulation of blood and lymph, for relief of pain, improved mood, improved sleep and sharper thinking.
Deep tissue massage creates micro-tears in the fascia, which fill with elastin and collagen in about three days, creating muscles that are more flexible, supple improved of motion. Deep tissue massage shouldn’t be painful; well-trained deep tissue massage therapists work very slowly, within the client’s tolerance to stretch muscle layers without causing pain or damage. It often results in a little soreness afterwards, but you should feel better, not worse, after your massage. Choose deep tissue massage for chronic pain that is muscular in origin, for posture improvement, and for increased range of motion.
Neuromuscular Therapy(NMT) is the utilization of static pressure on specific myofascial points to relieve pain. This technique manipulates the soft tissue of the body (muscles, tendons and connective tissue) to balance the central nervous system. NMT will feel painful at first, but the pressure of the massage should alleviate the muscle spasm. At this point, it is extremely important to communicate with the massage therapist regarding the pressure – whether the pressure is too much, too little, getting better, getting worse.