Treatments and Techniques
Active Release Technique
Dr. Jarembek has been an ART provider since 2001 and is certified in the following ART courses: Spine, Upper Extremity, Lower Extremity, Nerve Entrapment, Master’s course, and Active Palpation.
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.
Active Release has historically been a pain-based treatment meaning that the doctor implements the treatment in the area where the patient describes the complaint. In our office, we focus not on the symptoms, but finding the actual cause of the pain. Dr. Jarembek uses a biomechanical assessment to find out exactly what areas of the body would benefit from this exceptional treatment. This approach to implementing Active Release allows us to treat your condition faster and more effectively.
How do overuse muscle conditions occur?
1. Acute conditions (pulls, tears, collisions, etc.)
2. Accumulation of small tears (micro-trauma)
3. 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.
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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.
What is the history of Active Release Techniques?
ART has been developed, refined, and patented by P. Michael Leahy, DC, CCSP. Dr. Leahy noticed that his patients’ symptoms seemed to be related to changes in their soft tissue that could be felt by hand. By observing how muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments and nerves responded to different types of work, Dr. Leahy was able to consistently resolve over 90% of his patients’ problems. He now teaches and certifies health care providers all over the world to use ART.
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