Diagnosing Soft-Tissue Conditions
In order to achieve a high level of results when treating soft tissue conditions, our diagnosis must be extremely specific about the nature of the lesion, the exact tissue involved, and the syndrome it has caused.
Many soft tissue diagnosis are vague and inaccurate. Examples of nonspecific diagnosis include “Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Tennis Elbow, or Plantar Fasciitis”. All of these diagnosis are nonspecific and will be interpreted and treated differently by different Practitioners. Our goal is to be as accurate and specific with the diagnosis as possible.
During our diagnostic procedures we:
- Perform established medical orthopedic and neurological examinations.
- Establish the nature of the lesion.
- Identify the exact tissues involved.
- Determine the syndrome it has created.
We focus on four fundamental areas of soft tissue diagnosis:
- Tissue texture
- Tissue tension
- Tissue movement
- Tissue function
Treating Injuries with ART
After establishing an accurate and specific diagnosis, we treat our patients with specific hands on soft tissue manipulation.
- Once the lesion has been found, we take the involved tissue from a shortened to a fully lengthened position, while the doctor’s hand moves in the same longitudinal direction as the soft tissue fibers to remove the adhesions.
- Each movement performed in ART is done in the same direction as the tissue fibers, lymphatic, and venous flows to effectively break up adhesions, prevent bruising, and prevent further inflammation.
- 90% of the treatment is performed during the last 10% percent of motion. This is when we break up the greatest number of restrictions.
“The correct touch in ART cannot be taught out of a book. It is learned directly from qualified instructors, and requires years of hands-on experience!”
- It is extremely important that all motions using ART are performed at a very slow rate. Fast motions increase patient pain and make for a less effective treatment.
- Whenever possible, we ask our patients to perform active motions, as instructed by the doctor.
- Patient motion must be very specific and slow to meet the requirements of the hundreds of different protocols that we execute.
Active release technique has very specific guidelines on how soft tissue should be treated.
Injuries We Treat With ART
We can help you deal with a broad range of soft tissue injuries including the following: