Active Release Technique (A.R.T.)
ART is what makes us different than other healthcare offices. A.R.T. is a patented, state of the art soft tissue system/movement based massage technique that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. Many conditions treated in our office all have one important thing in common; they are often a result of overused muscles.
Over-used muscles change in three important ways:
- Acute conditions (pulls, tears, collisions)
- Accumulation of small tears (repetitive motion)
- Not getting enough oxygen (prolonged contraction)
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 can cause tendonitis, and nerves can become trapped. This can cause inflammation, reduced range of motion, loss of strength, and pain. If a nerve is trapped you may feel a deep ache, weakness or numbness and tingling.
These soft tissue conditions are treated by applying specific tension and pressure with precise patient movement. During treatment patients often report a slight burning sensation similar to that felt while lifting weights. They often describe it as a "hurts so good" feeling or "I can feel it working!"
Often when muscles are over used or imbalanced, the joints where these muscles are attached are affected too. Even a slight misalignment at a joint can create episodes of muscle spasm, inflammation, nerve irritation and extreme pain.
Doctors at Adair Chiropractic perform adjustments utilizing many Chiropractic techniques, including Drops, Diversified or hands only, Flexion-Distraction and Activator. If you have preferences please mention it and based upon your condition, it may be able to be accommodated.
Drop table adjustments provide a mechanical drop piece that swings away and helps to facilitate movement of the joint. It is very comfortable and often the only sensation recognized is the audible of the table moving.
Hands only adjustments involve a slight rotation of the neck and a smooth thrust to realign the neck. Our doctors will fully explains the maneuver so that there are no surprises. If possible, certain conditions can improve with other styles of adjustments and we are willing to listen to your concerns.
Flexion-Distraction technique involves a specific piece of equipment that gently distracts the spine at the lower back to restore proper joint motion and improve the fluid content of vertebral discs, which decreases inflammation and reduces pain. It works very well for lower back pain as well as sciatica.
Activator Methods uses a small, hand-held device that delivers a specific impulse. It does not require any turning of the neck or thrusting on the back. Our doctors find it is beneficial for patients of all ages as well as treating extremity and rib misalignments.
Targeted Exercises for Your Condition
Adair Chiropractic understands that each injury is different and each patient is unique. With that in mind, we will design a specific program for you to increase recovery and promote healing. We do this by utilizing specific stretching and strengthening exercises. Our team will design and demonstrate the specific exercises in the office to assure you that you understand the correct technique of the exercise and why you are performing the exercise.
Active Isolated Stretching is performed to specific areas to help the function and flexibility of the treated area. Along with Active Release Techniques, this type of stretching promotes "active" participation from the patient. This allows the muscle to be stretched at a more optimal level. For more information on this type of stretching check out www.stretchingusa.com.
Therapeutic Laser Treatments
We offer the latest in Multiwave Locked System (MLS) Laser Therapy. MLS Laser Therapy uses specific wavelengths of light to treat painful and debilitating conditions. The MLS Laser delivers light energy to the damaged cells and stimulates inter-cellular activity (i.e. increased capillary growth and blood flow). The treatment is painless and lasts less than 12 minutes for each affected area.
- Manage Pain
- Reduce Inflamation
- Speed the Healing Process
- Increase Blood Flow
The MLS Laser that we utilize in our office is made by Cutting Edge Laser Technologies and has many patented features to benefit the patient more rapidly. Synchronization of two wavelengths eliminates increased peaks of light energy and any possiblility of thermal burn. The first wavelength is pulsated and travels at 905 nm, this wavelength has a heighten analgesic effect giving you relief quicker and in many cases instantly. The second wavelength is a continuous wavelength traveling at 808 nm and has a heightened anti-inflamatory and anti-edema effect, which increases healing each subsequent MLS Laser Treatment.
Our office proudly recommends Standard Process dietary supplements. The products are whole food and are made in Wisconsin at their organic farm. Some popular choices with our patients are: the multivitamin Catalyn, Glucosamine Synergy, Echinachia, Tuna Fish Oil and their 21 Day Purification Kit.
Your body has an amazing potential to heal and protect itself. However, it must have the proper nutrients to perform these functions effectively. Diets common today often do not provide the essential "building blocks" for your body's healing, corrective and protective functions. If you present with symptoms or conditions indicating that you may be lacking certain nutrients in your diet, Dr. Karla Adair may recommend dietary changes or the appropriate nutritional supplements to correct that nutritional deficiency.
Correcting nutritional deficiencies can have many positive effects on the body, including:
- Decreasing inflammation and pain
- Decreasing muscle tension and spasm
- Accelerating the healing and repair of injured tissues
- Decreasing fatigue
- Stimulating immune system
- Decreasing stress, anxiety and depression
- Promoting better quality sleep
- Improving allergy and sinus conditions
- Decreasing heartburn, bloating, gas and acid reflux
- Improving blood pressure and cholesterol
- Decreasing nausea
- Improving athletic performance
NOTE: While we carry Standard Process products, neither Adair Chiropractic nor any third party associated with, related to, or linked to Adair Chiropractic's business or website is in any way affiliated with Standard Process Inc.® Standard Process expressly disclaims any responsibility for, and makes no representations or warranties regarding, any statement, information, materials, or content found on or included in Adair Chiropractic's marketing materials/website, or any third party marketing materials/websites related to, associated with or linked Adair Chiropractic's business or website. Standard Process products are dietary supplements and not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
Corporate Care for Employees
Dr. Karla has performed on-site or as needed A.R.T. care for employer in the region. She is certified in the Elite Provider Network for A.R.T. Corporate Solutions. This network is a complete soft tissue management system for companies striving to reduce worker's compensation costs and recordable injury rates in the area of repetitive strain and strain/sprain injuries (MSD's).
ART is recognized by OSHA and the department of labor as a wellness, prevention, or first aid measure.
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