Active Release Techniques (ART)

img_9433What is Active Release Techniques (ART)?

ART is a hands on, state of the art soft tissue system/movement based 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 cause 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. ART removes the scar tissue so the muscles, tendons and ligaments can return to their proper function and flexibility.

artWhat 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.

Graston Technique

What is Graston Technique?

Graston technique is an instrument assisted technique used to break down scar tissue in muscles, tendons and ligaments. The technique utilizes 6 stainless steel instruments uniquely shaped to treat different areas of the body.

At our clinic, depending on the area of the body and/or problem you may get both ART and Graston in the same treatment. Stretching and icing the treated area after treatment is essential.

ART and/or Graston help with the following:

  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Headaches
  • Tennis & Golfer’s Elbow
  • Plantar Fascitis
  • Shoulder pain (rotator cuff syndrome & frozen shoulder)
  • Shin Splints
  • Hip pain
  • Knee pain – Runner’s Knee (IT band problems)
  • Muscle pulls
  • Ankle sprains

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Massage Therapy

Massage Therapy is the assessment and manual treatment of the soft tissues of the body, including muscles, tendons and ligaments. Massage improves muscle tone, stimulates circulation and promotes relaxation. The circulatory, respiratory, digestive and nervous systems all benefit from massage therapy. Your massage therapist may suggest stretches or strength building exercises specific to your condition, and also recommend when follow up treatments should be booked.

Massage Therapy Pricing

30 min $55
45 min $75
60 min $90
75 min $110
90 min $130

 

** we are not able to direct bill insurance for massage therapy services

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Shockwave Therapy

What is Shockwave Therapy?

Shockwave therapy is an effective, non-invasive treatment for those suffering from many chronic tendon and joint disorders. Radial Shockwave therapy sends acoustic energy waves into the affected area causing a controlled micro-trauma. The effect of this micro-trauma is that it re-injures the tissue on a cellular level which results in the break down of scar tissue in the affected muscles, tendons, ligaments, or bone. The controlled re-injury of the tissue allows the body to regenerate blood vessels and cells, leading to faster healing and often a return to pre-injury activity levels.

How does Shockwave Therapy reduce pain?

Shockwave therapy is an effective modality in the management, reduction, and elimination of pain. Shockwave is effective because the acoustic energy waves stimulate an increase in metabolic activity in the affected tissue; encourage the break down of calcium deposits and also induces an analgesic reaction which results in blocked pain messages.

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What conditions can benefit from the therapy?

Anyone with soft tissue injuries can benefit from shockwave therapy, especially athletes. Shockwave therapy provides a safe, non-surgical alternative for those suffering from chronic injuries including:

  • rotator cuff syndrome
  • tennis elbow
  • jumpers knee
  • hip pointers/bursitis
  • plantar fasciitis
  • calcific tendonitis

Who should not use Shockwave Therapy?

Relative and absolute contraindications for the use of shockwave therapy include:

  • Blood thinning medications such as Coumadin or Heparin
  • Heart or circulatory problems
  • Cancer in or around the treatment area
  • Pregnancy
  • Diabetes
  • Nerve or blood supply being too close to the site of treatment
  • Cortisone injection in the area to be treated less that one month prior to shockwave therapy

Custom Foot Orthotics

Feet are important because one pair must last a lifetime! They are the structural foundation of our entire skeletal system. Any deviation from optimal balance can have a significant and adverse effect not only locally in the feet, but above the feet up to our lower back and even as high as the neck!

The staff at Professional Foot Orthotics are Canadian Certified Pedorthists, with over 15 years of experience. We are one of very few healthcare professionals educated and tested in how to assess, modify, design and fit both custom made orthotics and footwear. The result: a biomechanically supportive system that addresses your own personal requirements that has a 100% satisfaction guarantee.

Orthotics are a brace that can be discretely inserted into the shoe to support, align, prevent and or correct lower body and foot deformities to improve ones foot function. Used in conjunction with appropriate footwear, a foot orthotic can be effective in helping to treat a number of lower body alignments/problems including low back pain, hip pain, knee pain, heel, arch and forefoot pain.

All our treatments start with a phone call