Active Release Therapy North Vancouver, British Columbia
In today’s world, we are all constantly pushing our bodies to the absolute limit. Whether we’re working long hours, eating on the run or just trying to keep up, conditions are far harder on our bodies than ever before.
As we try to keep up with the pace, our bodies can often only do quick patch-up jobs on the damage that we do to ourselves. When repairing muscles, tendons, ligaments or even nerves, the body’s quick-fix solution is to lay down scar tissue. Scar tissue is the crudest grade of tissue that the body manufactures and, as you can see from old cuts on your skin, it takes a long time to be replaced by tissue that looks, feels or functions normally.
The CTD cycle The CTD cycle Cumulative Trauma Disorder (CTD) is an injury that occurs with overuse. When muscles have to do the same job over and over, the body’s response is to lay down scar tissue. Once this begins to happen, an ongoing cycle begins that leads to a worsening of the condition. This cycle gets harder to break the longer it continues, because of the changes that have occurred in the tissues.
Some common examples of CTD’s are: golfer’s elbow, rotator cuff syndrome, carpal tunnel syndrome, runner’s knee, shin splints, thoracic outlet syndrome, whiplash associated disorder, tension Headaches, frozen shoulder, repetitive stress injuries, migraine headaches, swimmer’s shoulder and tennis elbow.
North Vancouver’s ART Provider Active Release Therapy (ART’) is a new approach in treating injuries to muscles, tendons, nerves and surrounding soft tissues. North Vancouver Chiropractor Dr Ali Akhavan is one of the few chiropractors credentialed in ART in the Lower Mainland.
A doctor using ART can effectively reverse this CTD cycle by reducing the scar tissue, prescribing stretches to loosen the muscles and increase circulation, and decreasing the internal friction, pressure and tension in the muscles.
An ART treatment involves the doctor locating the adhesions that are causing the problem, applying tension with the thumbs over these areas in the direction of the fibres and then having the patient elongate the musculature while they continue to apply tension. By breaking up the adhesions and restoring proper blood flow to the tissues, the patients’ condition will steadily improve.
ART is non-invasive, very safe and has virtually no side effects. Treatments can feel uncomfortable during the movement phases as the scar tissue or adhesion breaks up, but most patients report a ‘good pain’.
From office workers to Olympic heroes ART can help anyone from the athlete to the office worker. Many professional athletes have come to regard ART very highly. Big names like Olympic gold medalist Donovan Bailey and NHL player Gary Roberts have benefited from ART. Roberts, who was unable to return to hockey after two neck surgeries failed to correct his dizzy spells, credits ART with correcting the problem.
*As with all medical treatments, results vary from patient to patient.
Introduction to Active Release Therapy
Active Release Therapy (A.R.T.) is a new approach in treating injuries to muscles, tendons, nerves and surrounding soft tissues. ART is a highly successful treatment not only for athletes, but also 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 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. ART is safe, very effective and usually very quick to show results.
In today’s world, humans are constantly pushing their bodies to the limit.Whether working long hours, eating on the run, or just trying to keep up, conditions are far harder on our bodies than ever before. As our bodies try to keep up with this neck-breaking pace, our internal maintenance crew often can only do quick patch-up jobs on the damage we do to ourselves. When repairing muscles, tendons, ligaments or even nerves, the body’s quick fix solution is to lay down scar tissue for the patch-up. Scar tissue is the crudest grade of tissue that the body manufactures, and as you can see from old cuts on your skin, it takes a long time to be replaced by tissue that looks, feels or functions normally.
Scar tissue is a lot like glue, sticking things together.This is very good when you sprain your ankle, as this “glue” holds the torn fibers together as they heal over a couple of months.This is not very good when the process goes overboard and starts gluing other parts of you together. Think of normal muscle as a collection of rubber bands. Injuries can tear just a few of the rubber bands (muscle fibers). In that case, your body will use a staple to put the rubber bands back together (scar tissue). Obviously, the part of the rubber band with the staple in it won’t be able to move normally. Scar tissue keeps muscle from moving normally. ART works to reduce the scar tissue build-up and restore normal muscle function.
When muscles are glued to other muscles, or a nerve is glued to a tendon, your body is no longer working optimally. Pain, numbness, stiffness and weakness are just some of the descriptions that people use for problems caused by scar tissue gone bad. These conditions are collectively called cumulative trauma disorders (CTD). ART is unique in it’s approach to healing, in that it directly addresses this scar tissue that hinders your body’s smooth functioning.
What Can You Do?
Contact our office at 604-984-4601 to schedule an initial consultation with our Doctor to determine if you are a candidate for care with Spinal Decompression. After carefully studying your case history and exam findings, he will sit down and explain his recommended plan of action for you. After answering any questions you may have about the recommended plan, you may begin your care with Spinal Decompression