ART®:  Active Release Techniques®

What is Active Release Techniques® (ART®) to Patients?
ART®is a patented, 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 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.

History of ART® and Our Clinic?
Dr. Bourassa brought ART®to Medicine Hat in 1999. He was one of the first accredited ART®providers in Canada. He has taken or assisted instructed >20 ART® courses since then.  Both Dr. Westerlund and Dr. Aman are also Full Body accredited ART® providers.

Graston Technique®

What is Graston Technique®?
Graston Technique® is an interdisciplinary treatment used by more than 10,000 clinicians worldwide—including chiropractors, physical and occupational therapists, hand therapists, and athletic trainers.
GT is utilized at some 930 outpatient facilities and industrial on-sites, by more than 165 professional and amateur sports organizations, and is part of the curriculum at 48 respected colleges and universities.

What is a treatment like? 
Graston Technique®, like ART®, works on the principle of breaking down the scar tissue or the “knot in the rope” metaphor and restore tissue motion.  The treatment can be uncomfortable as scar tissue is broken down.  
A normal, healthy response is petechia (bruising).   The more petechia there is the more significant scar tissue there is.

What are the benefits of Graston Technique®? 

-Faster treatment outcomes

-Fosters faster rehabilitation/recovery from injury

-Reduces need for anti-inflammatory medication

-Resolves chronic conditions thought to be permanent

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