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Chiropractic Services

Active Release Technique

ART ® is a soft tissue treatment that was developed to correct problems with soft tissues including muscles, ligaments and tendons, which were not responding to more traditional treatments.

The goal of ART® is to restore optimal texture, motion, and function of the problem area and release any entrapped nerves or blood vessels. This is accomplished by removing adhesions or scar tissue in the area through protocols that involve specific massage and stretching of the involved tissue. Adhesions can occur as a result of acute injury, repetitive motion, and constant pressure or tension. ART® eliminates the pain and dysfunction associated with these adhesions and increases flexibility.

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.

Fascial Distortion Model

FDM is a treatment model in which virtually all soft tissue injuries, or musculoskeletal complaints, are viewed through 1 or more of the 6 different types of alterations to the body's connective tissues. FDM has no protocols to memorize. Yet, FDM contains a detailed physical assessment, which leads to a specific diagnosis, and provides objective outcomes. The patient's verbal and physical descriptions, coupled with the mechanism of injury and relevant orthopedic tests, will lead the practitioner to the proper form of soft tissue treatment. And for this reason, no other soft tissue approach can reproduce the outcomes repetitively across the board as well as we can!

Dry Needling

DRY NEEDLING is an extremely effective technique that uses a very fine acupuncture needle to “deactivate” or “shut down” painful or knotted areas in your muscles. Many of us have areas in our body that feel tense all the time or feel like a hard ball in the muscle. By inserting fine needles into these tight areas, we elicit a “twitch response” or a brief contraction followed by an immediate and long lasting relaxation. Because the needle can treat very deep parts of the muscle, the technique can achieve amazing pain relief that you never thought was possible.


The premise of acupuncture is that most diseases are due to dysfunction in the body caused by an imbalance in your body’s meridians, or energy system. The Chinese refer to this energy flow as qi or ch’i. This network of energy channels is separate from any of the known pathways of nerves, blood vessels, or lymph channels.

Disturbances in your body’s energy flow can be detected through palpation of tender acupuncture points, pulse measurement, certain symptoms, and even instrumentation that graphs the meridians on a computer. Acupuncture restores proper energy flow to your body’s organs and tissues. 

There are many conditions that respond well to acupuncture some of which include: headaches, neck pain, muscle spasms, low back pain, radiating pain, shoulder/arm pain, tennis/golfer’s elbow, and more.

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