Active Release Techniques provide effective relief from headaches, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, shin splints, neck pain, and shoulder pain. Sciatica, ITB syndrome, piriformis syndrome, plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis, joint pain, tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow are just a few of the many conditions that can be resolved quickly and permanently with ART.
Soft tissues change in three distinct ways:
- acute conditions (pulls, tears, collisions, etc)
- accumulation of small tears (micro-trauma)
- not getting enough oxygen (hypoxia) because of repetitive, limited range movements or poor circulation
- Nerve entrapments
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 cause 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.
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.
Symmetry is a unique, patented, physics-based program consisting of two distinct parts: objective evaluation and effective therapy for chronic pain relief, unique to each individual’s requirements.
This part separates itself from other programs by objectively measuring the body at 21 bony landmarks, using the Palpation Meter. This provides specific information that is used to monitor progress by referencing this data throughout the program. A new evaluation is performed at each session and is compared to past evaluations, tracking changes and progress in real time.
The data gathered is utilized by Symmetry’s patented Licensed to Heal (LTH) software program which calculates the measurements three-dimensionally to determine the specific exercises required to correct the individual’s misalignments. The exercises are organized into a routine that intelligently proceeds through a sensible progression through the three planes of movement, prioritized by the level of dysfunction.
As a fully trained and Certified STAR Practitioner, Paul makes final adjustments to the routine to ensure that it will be as effective as possible. The routines typically have 8-9 exercises which take 15-20 minutes total. For best results, perform exercises twice a day: once in the morning to start the day in-correction, and then again at the end of the day to correct the imbalances caused by the day’s activities.
Acupuncture is used in conjunction with Symmetry for patients who are experiencing intense chronic pain, and/or need to make faster changes, such as athletes wanting to return to training and competition sooner.
About Traditional Chinese Medicine
Traditional Chinese Medicine includes Acupuncture and herbal medicine treatments, along with nutritional, emotional, and lifestyle considerations. Soft tissue therapies like Massage, Tuina, Cupping, Gua Sha, topical herbal applications, may also be used. Additionally, ART and postural corrective exercises and functional stretching is often given to empower the patient with self-care at home.
Functional Medicine (FM) has been called the 21st century scientific articulation of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).
Here are just some of the ways that FM and TCM relate:
- Treat dynamic and interconnected systems and relationships, not just diseases
- The whole person, and their environment, are considered together
- Individualized and personalized diagnostics and treatments
- Similar therapeutic philosophies, eg., Food First