Manual Therapy

Manual Therapy

Injuries or post-surgical conditions of the musculoskeletal system often contribute to limited and painful motion. This can contribute to pain and a decrease in daily activities. Physical therapists often use a variety of specific, hands-on techniques to improve mobility in joints and muscles. Below are some of the more popular forms of manual therapy:

IASTM Technique

IASTM Technique is an innovative, patented form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization that enables clinicians to effectively break down scar tissue and fascial restrictions. The technique utilizes specially designed stainless steel instruments to detect and alleviate soft tissue fibrosis or chronic inflammation.

A.R.T® (Active Release Technique)

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. many of our patients have experienced very favorable results in significant reduction of pain after having undergone active release treatment.

What is an A.R.T. 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.

Common Conditions treated by Graston® and A.R.T®

  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (wrist pain)
  • Scar Tissue
  • Tennis Elbow – Lateral Epicondylitis/Tendinosis
  • Golfers Elbow – Medial Epicondylitis/Tendinosis
  • Achilles Tendinitis/Tendinosis
  • Heel Pain – Plantar Fasciitis
  • Shoulder Pain – Rotator Cuff Tendinosis/Impingement
  • Shin Splints
  • Jumpers Knee – Patellar Tendinitis/Tendinosis