Active Release technique ® (ART)
Active Release Techniques (A.R.T.) is a hands-on procedure that allows the chiropractor to diagnose and treat soft tissue injuries related to muscle, tendon, fascia, and nerves. Specific injuries include: repetitive strains, adhesions, tissue hypoxia, and joint dysfunction. When muscles, joints, or ligaments are injured, our body lays down scar tissue as a repair patch. If the source of the injury is not corrected, the tissue will accumulate too much scar tissue, which then becomes a problem. A.R.T. breaks up and elongates that scar tissue, allowing the body to heal naturally and superiorly with the restoration of normalized function. Essential Motion Chiropractic and Rehab is the only clinic in the Fremont area that utilizes this technique.
A.R.T. is the technique of choice and is becoming the gold standard for soft tissue injuries for most professional and college sports teams, including the Kansas City Chiefs and Kansas City Royals, among a majority of other professional and college athletic teams. It is also the preferred treatment for Ironman Triathletes across the globe. Visit A.R.T.’s website to learn more.
The Graston Technique uses instruments to effectively break down scar tissue and fascial restrictions. The technique utilizes specially designed stainless steel instruments to specifically detect and effectively treat areas exhibiting soft tissue fibrosis or chronic inflammation. The instrument is used in a way to comb over and “catch” on fibrotic tissue, which immediately identifies areas of restriction. The Graston Technique reduces the need for anti-inflammatory medication, resolves chronic conditions thought to be permanent and fosters a faster rehabilitation/recovery.
Graston is a proven technique among physicians and sports medicine practitioners in treating many musculoskeletal injuries and complaints including: carpal tunnel syndrome, lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow), rotator cuff tendinosis, achilles tendinosis, scar tissue, shin splints, plantar fasciitis, medial epicondylosis (golfer’s elbow), patellofemoral disorders, IT band tendinosis, thoracic outlet syndrome, headaches, and TMJ pain. For more information go to Graston’s website.
Functional and Kinetic Treatment with Rehab (FAKTR)
FAKTR (pronounced FACTOR) is a concept, not a technique. The acronym stands for Functional and Kinetic Treatment with Rehab. Approximately 9 years ago, Greg Doerr, DC and Tom Hyde, DC began to experiment with treating soft tissue/fascial disorders through the use of instruments. Both Greg and Tom trained in a variety of soft tissue techniques including instrument assisted soft tissue mobilizations (IASTM) and decided to incorporate their previous training into a concept that included function and treatment of the kinetic chain while utilizing various forms of rehabilitation at the same time. They also incorporated treatment in the position of provocation (pain, loss of range of motion, feeling of tightness within the fascia/soft tissues and during motion. FAKTR incorporates all of the above variations to evaluate and treat soft tissue/fascial conditions. Visit FAKTR’s website to learn more.
Kinesio Tape is a therapeutic tape that is designed to facilitate the body’s natural healing process while giving support and stability to your joints or muscles. It does not affect the circulation or range of motion in contrast to traditional sports tape which is wrapped around the joint strictly for stabilization and support for that athletic event. It is used for many sports injuries and a variety of orthopedic, neuromuscular, neurological, and medical conditions. The tape can be left on for 3-5 days and allows the therapeutic benefits of the treatment to last until the tape is removed.