ACTIVE RELEASE TECHNIQUE

Does this sound like you?

Do you limit your activity because you know it will flare up an old injury? Have you tried everything to resolve this injury? Did you recently sprain or strain a muscle without “doing anything”. When you play with your children does your “back go out”? Do you find yourself having to take pain relievers for your daily aches and pains? Have you had cortisone injections but they only gave you temporary relief? Have you been wanting to try a new activity but are limited due to your “bad shoulder”? What would it feel like to free yourself from these constraints?

Well I can tell you something needs to change! You have the potential to return to your previous active lifestyle by decreasing your flare ups and their intensity, prevent future sprains or strains, or by turning that “bad shoulder” into your “good shoulder”. You can achieve an understanding of what was perpetuating your chronic injury.

If this freedom from limitations is possible then why continue to live an unfulfilled life? Maybe you think you are stuck this way? Maybe you have just come to terms with this restricted lifestyle because you see no hope in sight. Or have you tried other tissue based practitioners with no results?

If you hear any or all of the above statements in your head talk then you could be experiencing chronic tissue damage. We at Southern California brain center focus on musculoskeletal injuries with a patented tissue technique called Active Release Technique (ART) applied from a brain based model. From athletes to computer programmers, the common issue is repetitive tissue damage which builds scar tissue or adhesions within or between tissues and changes how your body moves which puts stress on tendons, ligaments, and other supportive musculature. Our doctors locate the mechanism that is causing the repetitive stress on your body which is not always where the pain is located. We then provide tissue therapy, rehabilitative exercises, and lifestyle changes to get you back to what YOU love to do.

ART is a patented 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 tendinitis are just a few of the many conditions that can be resolved quickly and permanently with ART and corrective rehab. 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 three important ways:

  • acute conditions (pulls, tears, collisions, etc),
  • accumulation of small tears (micro-trauma)
  • not getting 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.

What is an ART treatment like?

An ART session is specific for each patient.  Here we study and implement the principles of functional neurology with the Carrick Institute which allows us to look for central (nervous system ) lesions as well.  We also take a look at patient metabolic systems from an individual stand point to make sure that their symptoms are not metabolic based. Once we have determined that ART is right for you we apply the treatment.

We like to explain it as a “specific massage” meaning it is not the relaxing massage you might think of and it can be a little more painful and may not actually be in the area that you have symptoms!  Typically, when patients finally come in for treatment the symptoms they have at that time have actually started because of compensation for a different injury.

As we go through a series of treatments we are able to suggest corrective exercise to prevent and or less further symptoms.  This part is critical!

Our history of Active Release Techniques?

We have been doing ART for a combined 18 years.  Most patients find us because of our certification through Active Release Technique.  We have implemented this technique for many years because we get the most superior results when it is appropriate for a soft tissue lesion.  We determine this with our exam.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT PLEASE CALL

562 799 9150

We are located in Los Alamitos, on the border of Orange County and Los Angeles County, near Long Beach, Garden Grove, and Seal Beach.

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