Effective Techniques for Your Muscle and Joint Pain
We understand that when you're in serious pain, it can be difficult to perform even the simplest daily tasks. That's no way to live, so we're here to help you get back to your life naturally and effectively.
Copper Heights Chiropractic is the only Full Body Certified and Elite Provider chiropractic clinic in the area that provides Active Release Techniques (ART). ART is a state of the art soft tissue system/movement based massage technique that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves.
As chiropractic rehabilitation specialists, we provide effective soft tissue therapy on every session. Our professionals will work with you to provide pain relief or heal from your sports injury. Call us today for a FREE consultation on our chiropractic care and technique that suits your problem.
A Chiropractic adjustment, also known as a manipulation or mobilization, is a therapeutic treatment intended to induce proper motion into a joint and restore the proper function of the joint in the kinetic chain. Adjusting involves placing the body into a safe position to encourage the desired movement and applying quick, gentle push or pull forces on the joints.
Active Release Technique (ART)
How does it work?
Active Release Technique (ART) is a patented, state-of-the-art soft tissue system that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. Headaches, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, shin splints, shoulder pain, sciatica, plantar fascitis, 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.
For more information visit the official site of ART: www.activerelease.com.
How does it work?
At the most basic level, ART works by breaking up scar tissue, muscle adhesions and restrictions, muscular spasm and tightness. When muscles, or other tissues, are overstressed or injured, our bodies use scar tissue as a patch repair. This is a natural part of the healing process. However, if the source of the injury is not corrected the tissue will accumulate too much scar tissue, which then becomes a problem. The mechanism by which it does this is for the examiner to put a muscle in its most shortened position (through movement of the nearby joints), then apply a tension with his/her thumb or fingers, and while maintaining that tension he/she will lengthen the muscle throughout its range of motion. In this way, any adhesions or scar tissue is broken up along the entire length of the muscle. It is important to state the pain, numbness, or other symptoms may not resolve if the scar tissue is not broken up as well as the source of the tension discovered.
Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy is the treatment of physical dysfunction or injury by the use of corrective exercises to strengthen certain muscle groups that are dysfunctional and in order to correct muscle imbalances. Correcting muscle imbalances helps get to the root of the problem and aims to prevent the re-occurrence of pain.
Our rehabilitative protocols require active patient participation and are meant to reproduce actions necessary for natural and efficient movements.
- Research has shown that patients with chronic pain improve faster with increased activity.
- Scientific studies also show that exercise is more effective when combined with manual therapy (adjustments, soft tissue treatments, etc).
We will develop an individualized exercise protocol specifically designed for each patient according to their type of injury/dysfunction and the activity or sport they wish to return to.
Rock Tape / Kinesiology Tape
Rock Tape/Kinesiology Tape is a specialized medical grade tape that is used to help support muscle, remove congestion (inflammation), correct and stabilize joint problems, and to activate the body’s natural pain relievers. These benefits have attributed to increased healing time, and increased success in the training and rehabilitation phases of injuries.
When applied properly RockTape/Kinesiology Tape can support weak muscles, rehab overused muscles, decrease pressure allowing for the movement of edema (swelling), and apply extra stabilization to the injured area.
Myofascial Release (MFR)
Myofascial release (MFR) is a soft tissue therapy for the treatment of muscle immobility and pain. This is achieved with using multiple techniques such as Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM), foam rolling, Active Release Technique (ART), Pin and Stretch and Post Isometric Relaxation Stretching. These therapies are designed to relax overactive muscles, improve blood and lymphatic circulation, and stimulate the lengthening of muscles.
Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM)
IASTM, also known as Graston, is a specialized form of myofascial release. This technique involves the use of stainless steel instruments that help the provider identify and treat areas of soft tissue dysfunction and pain. These instruments help release adhesions and restriction in muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia; doing this helps reduce pain, increase circulation and improve motion.
Rehabilitation is more than just trying to get you back into the game. When it comes to sports rehabilitation discovering the weakness of the unstable region and eliminating that weakness is the goal. There are 6 phases of rehabilitation that we focus on:
- Healing Constraints and Proving Need
- Controlling Joint Effusion/Inflammation
- Restoring Range of Motion (ROM)
- Restoring Strength and Proving Progress
- Restoring Function
- Proving Outcome
The TimTam Power Massager are high velocity low impact tools that uses a percussive force into the affected tissue allowing for 5 things:
- Overcoming Desensitization allowing for more active recovery
- Eliminating Pain
- Addressing Trigger Point Issues superficially
- Trigger Point Release in the affected tissues
- Improving Circulation and Blood Flow to an affected area