Active Release Techniques (ART®) treatment is a hands-on, movement-oriented system that allows a chiropractor to offer diagnosis and treat soft-tissue injuries safely and effectively. “Soft tissues” refers to muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves – these structures can be injured through repetitive strain, adhesions, tissue hypoxia (lack of oxygen) and joint dysfunction. Areas of tenderness, tension, adhesions and knots within muscles respond positively and rapidly to the specific protocols of ART®.
When soft tissue has been injured or is chronically tight, it forms scar tissue. This is a normal healing response but often causes problems when scar tissue sticks to adjacent structures leading to a reduced range of motion, compression or pulling on nerves and altered body mechanics. The change of the texture of these structures can be felt by an experienced ART® provider, and subsequently treated with amazing success.
Dr. Gerber is a certified provider in upper body, lower body, spine, nerve entrapment and Masters ART®. She sees and treats patients with sports injuries, MVAs, Repetitive Strain Injuries (RSI), Cumulative Trauma Disorders (CTD), chronic postural faults and muscle imbalance.
As the name implies, Active Release uses motion to fix the problem as the provider uses hands on treatment to “free up” the problem areas. Patients report back to Kyra that they are amazed she can find the source of their pain right away. From aches and pains, to burning muscles, to the numbness and tingling of nerve entrapments, ART® is an extremely valuable treatment modality. It has revolutionized Dr. Gerber’s practice.
Headaches, stiffness in neck, back or extremities, whiplash, back pain, tight muscles, carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS), shin splints, shoulder pain, rotator cuff syndrome, golfer's elbow, tennis elbow (epicondylitis), sciatica, plantar fasciitis, knee problems, patello-femoral syndrome, tendonopathies, mechanical low back pain, piriformis syndrome, ilio-tibial band (ITB) syndrome, repetitive strain injuries, TMJ (jaw pain) dysfunction, osteoarthritis (OA), and most sports injuries are among the many conditions that can be resolved with ART®.This state-of-the-art “Gold Standard” soft tissue therapy can benefit everyone including runners, athletes, people with repetitive strain, computer users, and chronic pain sufferers.