Peak Performance Sports & Spine July 2019


JULY 2019



Our team is constantly striving to ensure our patients are taken care of by providing the best technologies and most up-to-date treatment methods in physical therapy. One of the modalities we use to help our patients is a treatment known as Active Release Technique or ART, which is a crucial and successful technique that has helped thousands of patients and has substantial benefits. Peak Performance Sports and Spine was the first clinic to offer ART in Central Washington, and we’re proud to continue providing this service today. What is ART? ART, as defined on ActiveRelease. com, is “a patented, state-of-the-art soft tissue system and movement- based massage technique that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia, and nerves.” This unique method uses a specific massage-therapy approach to locate the source of a patient's discomfort. Once someone begins treatment, ART will give them immediate pain-free motion, relax tense muscles, help with various types of long-standing pain, soothe tight nerves and lymphatics, and return the function of soft tissue to what it was before the injury. Soft Tissue Injuries "Soft tissue" is a term that refers to the muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves,

and skin of the body; anything that is not related to hard tissue (bone) or internal organs is soft tissue. When the soft tissue is injured, it causes pain, stiffness, discomfort, weakness, numbness, or burning sensations in one or multiple parts of the body. These injuries can occur no matter what a person might be doing, whether they’re at home doing everyday activities, working through their day at their job, or participating in their favorite sport or active lifestyle. Typically, soft tissue injuries can happen in two ways: They can build up over time through overuse or can occur unexpectedly by a sudden awkward movement. When a person works their muscles or tendons repeatedly, such as athletes who run at competitive race events and are continually working their bodies, the soft tissue can wear down, causing strains or sprains. Other times, soft tissue can be injured by suddenly stepping off a curb or attempting to lift a heavy object. The History of ART Over 30 years ago, Dr. P. Michael Leahy developed ART as a new way to treat soft tissue injuries. Dr. Leahy, a doctor of chiropractic medicine, worked with active patients with these types of injuries and wanted to give them better treatments and results than what was available at

the time. The treatments for soft tissue damage had been the same for years, which included ultrasounds, manual treatments, and electrical stimulation. While these treatments are very beneficial and effective for many other injuries or health problems, they had little effect for patients with soft tissue injuries. “The reason (these treatments) haven’t been effective,” Dr. Leahy states, “is they don’t get to the core of the problem.” This is why ART is such an effective treatment, as it identifies the source of discomfort or pain and focuses on treating that particular area. ART can help, and we can provide this treatment for you. Our clinic also offers ART in various corporate workplace settings, which allows us to offer treatment to workers who may otherwise not receive care. This has been effective in addressing and even preventing various overuse injuries. I encourage you to call our office to learn more about ART and how our physical therapists can help. If you or someone you know is experiencing pain with any movement,

–Greg Huefner

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