This technique is one of the most popular “low force” approaches to chiropractic in the world. We use an instrument called The Activator Methods® Adjusting Instrument which is a handheld spring loaded tool that delivers a consistent low-force high-speed thrust. By restoring motion to the misaligned joints in the body, the Activator adjustment decreases nerve stress, increases joint range of motion and decreases pain.
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This adjustment technique is the most commonly used by chiropractors and is characterized by a high velocity low amplitude thrust. It is the common manual technique you may have seen or heard about, with the doctor applying the force with their hands. This form of spinal manipulation consists of a short, fast force applied to the specific joints to instill motion, stretch surrounding muscles, and stimulate the nervous system.
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.
How Do Overuse Conditions Occur?
Over-used muscles (and other soft tissues) change in three important ways:
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?
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.