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Active Release Therapy/Myofascial Trigger Point Therapy

What is Active Release Techniques (ART) to Individuals, Athletes, and Patients?

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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.

How do overuse conditions occur?

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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.

MyofascialMyofascial Trigger Point Therapy is a remarkably effective protocol designed to eliminate pain and increase range of motion in the body by releasing adhesions in the soft tissues of the body. Most people have latent Trigger Points that may restrict range of motion, which the body often recognizes as pain or stiffness. These Trigger Points develop during accidents or from repetitive activities at work, sleep, or play. It is when Trigger Points become activated by a restless night sleep, a fender bender, or a slip on the ice that they create pain and stiffness.

Trigger Points often cause pain and stiffness in distal (distant) locations in the body, away from the actual adhesion site. For example, migraines and tension headaches are often caused by adhesions in the neck, back, and shoulders even though the symptom is felt in the form of a headache. Carpal tunnel-like symptoms may be caused by adhesions in the shoulder, neck or forearm. Low back pain may be caused by adhesions in the abdominal muscles along with muscles of the back, hips, and legs. Fibromyalgia is often a misdiagnosis, when it is, instead, pain resulting from myofascial adhesions and dysfunction.

Myofascial Trigger Point Therapy is designed to address these issues in an effective and efficient way using a simple and straightforward protocol:

-The first step is a thorough examination of perpetuating factors in one's environment that may be involved in causing adhesions or imbalance. These include daily activities, sleep patterns, possible structural anomalies, nutrition, and a wide variety of environmental factors that may be associated with the pain in question.

-Next, the Myofascial Trigger Point Therapist and patient work together to release the adhesions within the soft tissues of the body using depth and pressure tailored to fit the comfort and needs of that patient.

-Finally, the Myofascial Trigger Point Therapist trains the patient in methods of self-care to maximize the effectiveness of the treatment program. This allows a patient to address their pain at home when it may arise, eventually replacing the treatment from the therapist entirely.

The ultimate goal is to live a pain free life through the knowledge and understanding of the pain and how to release it. For many, resolution of these painful symptoms can be frustratingly elusive. Through Myofascial Trigger Point Therapy, our patients find that they are finally able to achieve the relief they have been looking for. Visit one of our providers for a thorough assessment and get on your way to a pain free life!

Patient Testimonials

  • "I love going to Avante...they take pride in patient care and are always willing to accommodate... simply the best.."CSL
  • "I have been a patient at Avante for 5 yrs now, and I have only positive things to say about the quality of the care that I receive from the entire facility. From the smiles at the front desk to the efficient lab techs and all of the staff in between. My health has turned around thanks to the care from Kiki Green and Grant Gibbs. Competent, caring and constantly striving for the newest information available to share with me. They embody the best in what I want in Holistic and Modern Medical care - JH 
  • "I came to Avante about 8 months ago when I was looking for a doctor after moving to Alaska, my husband and I saw Dr. Jana.  We were pleased with the office and esp. the care we received from Dr. Jana. It feels good to leave a doctors office not loaded down with lists of new medicines but  positive thoughts of lifestyle changes that will produce better health. I started seeing Tina at the first of November and two days after the first acupuncture treatment I was in the least amount of pain in over 25 years.  Believe me I have tried many different medical treatments some with more success than others.  I am so encouraged to look forward to more mobility and greater health! I feel younger and more energetic. Thank you Avante.  I also love the patient portal and have found that the staff always responds to my online questions." - PM
  • "Finally a doctor is listening to me! I am so very very happy with Avante Medical and so thankful to be getting answers and in the right direction for great health! THANK YOU!" - VW
  • "I have been a patient of Avante's for several years now, and I have only wonderful things to say about their business. The place is beautiful and welcoming, the staff are all very helpful and kind, and the providers, all 3 I have seen, currently Kikki Green and Grant Gibbs, have been intelligent, intuitive and efficient. They care about you and your health. The lab is clean and full service and the nutritional supplements are extensive and high quality. The use of the Patient Portal is outstanding!  Give yourself extra time is my only recommendation as they sometimes get backed up on scheduling." - JH 
I came to Avante about 8 months ago when I was looking for a doctor after moving to Alaska, my husband and I saw Dr. Jana.  We were pleased with the office and esp. the care we received from Dr. Jana. It feels good to leave a doctors office not loaded down with lists of new medicines but  positive thoughts of lifestyle changes that will produce better health.
I started seeing Tina at the first of November and two days after the first acupuncture treatment I was in the least amount of pain in over 25 years.  Believe me I have tried many different medical treatments some with more success than others.  I am so encouraged to look forward to more mobility and greater health! I feel younger and more energetic. Thank you Avante.  I also love the patient portal and have found that the staff always responds to my online questions.