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» 5 Ways that You Can Benefit from Active Release Technique
» Active Release Technique for Athletes and Non-Athletes
» Active Release Technique
» Pregnancy and Chiropractic
» Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression
» Chiropractic Care as First Choice in Pain Management
» Back Surgery May Backfire on Patients in Pain
» Study Findings Show Spinal Manipulation Therapy Effective in Treating Lower Back
» Listening to Your Body – When do You Need a Break?
» Over 40 and Lift Weights? Eat More Protein

5 Ways that You Can Benefit from Active Release Technique

5 ways that you can benefit from

Active Release Technique


If this article caught your eye you may be wondering, what exactly is Active Release Technique? Well, you’ve come to the right place to find out how this form of manual therapy can change how you look at health care. Lets begin at the top, active release technique or ART®for short is a manual therapy technique used to identify and treat the exact tissue involved in your pain. Whether you’ve been in pain for a day or for years, there is hope. ART®was created specifically to treat the damages associated with overuse in conditions such as tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome, shoulder pain, sciatica, knee problems, and much more. The following are the top benefits of Active Release Technique


1. Every treatment is unique to you and your condition.

Due to the specificity of active release technique, your treatment plan will be completely individualized.  Through a comprehensive history and exam, an active release provider will personalize a treatment plan that fits your needs. ART®uses movement of the patient to create tension on the scar tissue.  Every session combines an examination and treatment, which targets the soft tissues that has been injured. ART®has over 500 specific protocols that treat affected areas of the body.


2. Increase your range of motion and flexibility.

When an injury occurs to a muscle, ligament, or tendon, cellular hypoxia from restricted circulation can cause fibrosis and adhesions to occur in these tissues. These adhesions can attach to muscles, nerves and lymph decreasing their ability to work properly while also reducing their range of motion and flexibility. Therefore removing these adhesions with active release technique improves glide between muscle and surrounding structures ultimately improving range of motion.


3. Reduces pain throughout the body.

Injuries causing pain can occur through repetitive activities you have engaged in the past during work, sports, exercise or improper body mechanic/posture. Active release technique has been found to be an effective way to eliminate pain throughout the body. ART® focuses on breaking up unhealthy tissue that adheres to nerves which often is the main culprit of both dull and severe pain. Active release technique aims to re-establish optimal texture, resilience and function of soft tissue and effectively and permanently eliminates pain.


4. Able to help a wide variety of patients.

ART® is exceptionally helpful for people living for with chronic pain syndromes, such as the elderly and younger individuals involved in physical activities, either professional or recreational. This therapy has also been approved for expecting mothers, who find relief almost immediately. In addition, anyone who has been unable to get optimal pain relief through traditional treatment options may opt for ART®.


 5. Able to aid a plethora of symptoms and syndromes.

Active release technique is a unique therapy that can be applied to multiple conditions including but not limited to headaches, back pain, shin splints, plantar fasciitis, jumpers knee, rotator cuff tendonosis, and Achilles tendonisis.



Please come visit Dr. Trisha A. Sileo D.C. at O’Keefe Chiropractic for your Active Release Technique consultation today.


Dr. Trisha A. SIleo

O'Keefe Chiropractic at 99 Taunton Rd, Medford, NJ 08055

(609) 654-4299



Author: Dr. Trisha A. Sileo
Source: Dr. Trisha A. Sileo
Copyright: Southjerseyspinaldecompression.com 2018

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Active Release Technique for Athletes and Non-Athletes

Active Release Technique for Athletes and Non-Athletes


Pain in your shoulders can affect a wide range of activities. ART® providers treat cases of shoulder pain resulting from as little as working at your computer to participating in activities such as tennis, swimming, and golf. Shoulder pain is commonly slow to respond to traditional treatments, and if shoulder pain progresses, it can make simple tasks, such as reaching for things and sleeping, painful.

As with any type of injury, ART® first looks at the underlying cause of shoulder pain. The shoulder provides a great deal of motion for a single joint, and allows people to reach overhead, behind their bodies, across their chest, and to rotate their arms. The shoulder joint is comprised of the rounded end of the arm bone called the “humerus,” and the flat surface of the shoulder blade, known as the “scapula.” Because the shoulder is the joining of a flat and a round surface, it is a relatively loose joint, which is what enables it to provide such a wide range of motions. Stability and control of this motion is provided by the rotator cuffs and scapular stabilizers.

Shoulder injuries occur most often when significant stress or repetitive motion inhibit the rotator cuffs and scapular stabilizers from doing their job. Many people realize that sports such as tennis or golf can cause shoulder injuries easily. This is because these activities demand both a great deal of force from the rotator cuffs and scapular stabilizers, as their swinging motion requires the arm to reach far behind and in front of the body, and numerous repetitions of those motions.


For more information, please visit: www.activerelease.com




Author: Active Release Techniques
Source: www.activerelease.com
Copyright: Active Release Techniques 2010

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Active Release Technique

Active Release Technique

ART is a patented, state of the art soft tissue system/movement based soft tissue 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.


Learn more about Active Release Technique from the developer Dr. Michael Leahy:
Active Release Technique Video







Author: Active Release Techniques
Source: www.activerelease.com
Copyright: Active Release Techniques 2010

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Pregnancy and Chiropractic

Pregnancy and Chiropractic

Chiropractic care has typically included the care of pregnant patients to assure the patient a comfortable pregnancy and to help facilitate an uncomplicated labor and delivery. Clinical studies on chiropractic care during pregnancy found relief from back pain during pregnancy in 84% of cases. Chiropractic evaluation and treatment during pregnancy may be considered a safe and effective means of treating common musculoskeletal symptoms that affect pregnant patients.

For more information, please visit: www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov





Author: Cara L. Borggren DC
Source: Journal of Chirporactic Medicine
Copyright: Elsevier Inc. 2017

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Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression

Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression

If you have lasting back pain and other related symptoms, you know how disruptive to your life it can be. You may be unable to think of little else except finding relief. Some people turn to spinal decompression therapy -- either surgical or nonsurgical. Here's what you need to know to help decide whether it might be right for you.

What Is Nonsurgical Spinal Decompression?

Nonsurgical spinal decompression is a type of motorized traction that may help relieve back pain. Spinal decompression works by gently stretching the spine. That changes the force and position of the spine. This change takes pressure off the spinal disks, which are gel-like cushions between the bones in your spine, by creating negative pressure in the disc. As a result, bulging or herniated disks may retract, taking pressure off nerves and other structures in your spine. This in turn, helps promote movement of water, oxygen, and nutrient-rich fluids into the disks so they can heal.

For more information, please visit: www.webmd.com
Nutrition for the disk: Disk Flex


Author: WebMD
Source: www.webmd.com
Copyright: WebMD, LLC. 2005

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Chiropractic Care as First Choice in Pain Management

Chiropractic Care as First Choice in Pain Management

Arlington, Va.— During National Chiropractic Health Month (NCHM) in October, the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) will build on its ongoing efforts to raise awareness of the value of a conservative approach to pain management in the face of the U.S. opioid epidemic with the theme and hashtag #Chiropractic1st.
"Chiropractic services are an important first line of defense against pain and, in some cases, can lessen a patient's reliance on addictive painkillers or prevent their use altogether," said ACA President David Herd, DC. "It makes sense to exhaust conservative forms of treatment such as chiropractic before moving on to riskier, potentially addictive pain medications."
Statistics show that as many as one in four patients who receive prescription opioids long-term for non-cancer pain in primary care settings struggles with addiction. In addition, every day more than 1,000 people are treated in the emergency room for misusing prescription opioids.

For more information, please visit:https://www.acatoday.org


Author: ACA Authors
Source: www.acatoday.org
Copyright: Copyright American Chiropractic Association 2016

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Back Surgery May Backfire on Patients in Pain

Author: Linda Carroll
Source: www.nbcnews.com
Copyright: NBC News 2010

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Study Findings Show Spinal Manipulation Therapy Effective in Treating Lower Back

The Spine Journal (2018) has just published a study that points to spinal manipulation therapy being the most effective way to treat lower back pain when compared with other methods. The effectiveness and safety of some different mobilization and manipulation therapies were examined. It was concluded definitively that spinal manipulation produces a much more significant effect on the lower back than a mobilization option. Spinal manipulation therapy can be applied appropriately by a Doctor of Chiropractic. Key findings were:

  • 57 percent of patients that took part in the study experienced effective relief of chronic pain occurring in the lower back. 78 percent of the same patients also experienced a reduction in disability. This happened when spinal manipulation therapy was compared to other treatments.
  • When comparing spinal manipulation to the use of physical therapy, 79 percent of these patients reported that spinal manipulation was most effective at relieving symptoms of both pain and disability.
  • It is worth noting here that both mobilization and manipulation therapies tested in this study are considered safe to use as treatments. 

Back pain is more common than you think. In the U.S. alone, 84 percent of the population suffers from some sort of back pain. Within this percentage, roughly 23 percent experience back pain that is chronic, and half again are actually disabled by this severe pain. What are you waiting for? Contact your local chiropractor today and start working with them to find relief from your chronic back pain.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: Manip. & Mob…Chronic LBP: A Systematic Review & Meta-Analysis. The Spine Journal
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2018

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Listening to Your Body – When do You Need a Break?

There is such a thing as too much of a good thing. You might see exercise as a great addition to your lifestyle, but you need breaks from your training, too.  Noam Tamir of TS Fitness New York City explains that your body goes through trauma when you exercise.  So how do you know when to take a break?

  • You're constantly sore: delayed onset muscle soreness, or DOMS, is normal. However, you shouldn't feel this all the time. Allow 24-48 hours in between each workout session.
  • You're always tired: moodiness and tiredness are signs of working out too much. This is because cortisol is produced by exercise. Too much of this can take a toll on your mental health.
  • You have an abnormal heart rate: check your heart rate regularly. If your resting heart rate is higher than average, then it's not ready for your next workout session yet.
  • You're always stiff: if you continue to be stiff long after a workout, your body is going to start changing the way it moves naturally. This can become permanent and potentially cause injury.
  • You've got dark yellow pee: looking at the color of your pee is the easiest way to figure out if you're dehydrated or not. The darker your pee, the more water you need to drink. 

Growing Attuned to Your Body for Optimum Health
Because you actually create micro-tears in your muscles when you exercise, they need time to repair, which will help them grow stronger.  The more you exercise, the more you strain your body. If you're not giving your body the breaks it needs, you could be doing more harm than good.  Take a day of rest between workouts and you’ll be stronger, fitter, and happier than ever!

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: https://www.cnn.com/2015/12/15/health/take-rest-day-exercise/index.html
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2018

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Over 40 and Lift Weights? Eat More Protein
The British Journal of Sports Medicine has published a review that definitively points to protein as the building block of more muscle. According to this comprehensive review, people who want to be physically stronger should lift weights and eat more protein. This is especially true for people who are over 40. However, there is a caution in the review, explaining that there is a limit to the benefits that protein has. Through the review, they concluded that any protein works on a similar level of effectiveness. By studying 49 past experiments that reviewed different types of protein in both men's and women's diet correlating with their weightlifting, they concluded that protein plays a big part in building muscle. It was found that men and women who ate protein while weight training developed muscles that were larger and stronger. The statistical results were as follows: 10 percent for strength and 25 percent for muscle mass. The researchers also calculated precisely how much protein intake was needed on a daily basis to achieve these results. The answer was 1.6 grams of protein per kilogram that you weigh. Beyond this specific measurement, more protein did not equal more muscle. However, it is worth noting that this number required for daily protein intake is considerably higher than the regular federal recommendations of 56 grams a day for men and 46 grams for women. While there are still more studies to be done on the correlation between weightlifting and protein intake, it's safe to say that eating a balanced diet including protein will help you gain muscle.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: Br J Sports Med. 2018 Mar;52(6):376-384.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2018

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