What is ART?

“ART is a patented, state of the art soft tissue system/movement based massage 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.”

source: www.activerelease.com

What is an ART treatment like?

“Every ART session is actually 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.”

source: www.activerelease.com

How do overuse conditions occur?

Over-used muscles (and other soft tissues) change in three important ways:

- Acute conditions (pulls, tears, collisions, etc),
- Accumulation of small tears (micro-trauma)
- Sustained tension prevents tissues from getting enough oxygen (prolonged posture).

“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.”

source: www.activerelease.com

How long is the average treatment session?

Because we perform a combination of examination and treatment on every visit there is much more “hands-on” time than the typical doctor visit. A treatment session at Norwood Chiropractic typically takes between 10-20 minutes.

Does treatment hurt?

Treatment at Norwood Chiropractic (which includes adjustments, Active Release Techniques® and physiotherapy) rarely hurts and usually feels good. During an ART session your symptoms may be recreated to treat the condition effectively. The symptoms usually resolve within a minute after treatment. Some patients experience soreness at the beginning of care which usually quickly resolves.

What is the purpose of an adjustment?

The adjustment helps to restore joint motion which reduces/inhibits pain, reduces/inhibits muscle spasm/tightness, reduces/inhibits joint inflammation and improves muscle balance.

What is a chiropractic adjustment?

An adjustment is just one method of treatment utilized by Norwood Chiropractic. Chiropractic adjustments are performed on spinal and extremity joints that have been diagnosed as being hypomobile/fixated/dysfunctional. There are various adjustment techniques, but typically adjustments are applied by hand with a low force, controlled velocity contact on a specific joint or spinal segment.

Can chiropractic help someone who has had back/neck surgery?

Chiropractic improves overall spinal function so it is often helpful for patients who have already had surgery. We treat many of these types of patients.

Once I start chiropractic treatment, do I have to go forever?

No. First we will determine if chiropractic care can help you by taking a history, performing a physical examination and in rare cases send you for MRI, Ultrasound, CT scan or x-rays. If we determine that chiropractic can be of benefit, then we will suggest an estimated, finite treatment period. If chiropractic care is not indicated, we will suggest other sources of help or refer you to another doctor. Every case is different and each person’s response varies.