Active Release Techniques 2017-08-21T18:18:07-07:00

Active Release Techniques Soft Tissue Pain Management System (ART®)

ART® is considered by OSHA as the Gold Standard for soft tissue injuries with a 90% success rate treating soft tissue conditions. LVPRC was the first center in Nevada to bring Active Release Techniques (ART®) to the Las Vegas area back in 2001. Dr. Petrick has been utilizing ART since 1995 and has been teaching ART to physicians from around the world for over 14 years.

ART is a patented, state-of-the-art, pain management, soft tissue, movement-based 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 3 important ways:

  • Acute conditions (pulls, tears, collisions, etc.)
  • Accumulation of small tears (micro-trauma)
  • Not 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.  ART® stretches, separates, and releases soft tissue adhesions. This restores vascular and lymph circulation, increases oxygenation to the tissues, and improves your range of motion and strength.

 

Active Release Techniques treatment defined

ART® treatment is a hands-on, case management system that allows a practitioner to diagnose and treat soft tissue injuries.  Soft tissue refers primarily to muscle, tendon, fascia, and nerves.  Specific injuries that apply are repetitive strains, adhesions, tissue hypoxia, and joint dysfunction.

ART® is a highly successful treatment not only for athletes, but for anyone who leads an active life, sits at a computer all day, or enjoys gardening. Many daily activities cause repetitive stress and the formation of scar tissue, which then hinders the movement and function of soft tissues (muscles, ligaments, tendons, and nerves). This creates symptoms of pain, stiffness, decreased range of motion, numbness, and weakness.

If you suffer from any of the following ailments, ART® may be the solution for you.

  • Headaches
  • TMJD
  • Neck pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Back pain
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Golfer’s elbow
  • Tennis elbow
  • Wrist pain
  • Finger pain
  • Hip pain
  • Disc Pathology
  • Sciatica
  • Leg pain
  • Knee problems
  • Shin splints
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Tendonitis

 

What is an ART® treatment like?

Every ART® session is 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.

Almost any type of soft tissue injury can benefit from ART® treatments. Treatment plans are short (approximately 12-14 total visits), and most patients report immediate results on visit one. The care is aggressive and designed for those who are serious about pain management.

With years of experience, we have seen some amazing recoveries among a wide range of athletes: cyclists, football and baseball players, bodybuilders, weightlifters, swimmers, runners, martial artists, and gymnasts, to name just a few. Furthermore, the procedures work equally well for average men, women, and children of all ages.

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