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Active Release Techniques (ART) San Francisco

Posted Feb 16 2010 12:00am

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Dr Jacobs
Dr. Adam Jacobs, our head clinician at Executive Express Chiropractic in SF Financial District, is full body certified in Active Release Techniques.

So what exactly is Active Release Techniques (ART) to patients? Here is the explanation from the Active Release Techniques (ART) website:

What is Active Release Techniques (ART) to Patients?

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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:

· 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?

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.

I also noticed on the ART website homepage that the chiropractor of the world champion New Orleans Saints is a certified ART practitioner. There is a photo of Dr. David Edwards holding the Lombardi Trophy. Congrats Dr. Edwards and the New Orleans Saints.

Dr. David Edwards
In fact, ART is one of the preferred treatments for NFL players. But you don't have to be an elite athlete to enjoy the benefits of ART...especially if you live or work near the
San Francisco Embarcadero Center.

If you would like to find out more about Active Release Techniques (ART) at Executive Express Chiropractic...simply call 415-392-2225 and ask for Dr. Adam Jacobs...or request an appointment online

If you do not live in the SF Bay Area, you can find an ART provider near you using the Active Release Techniques (ART) provider search

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