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Dr. Charles Graham’s Blog

March 18, 2009

Chiropractic and Active Release Techniques®

By Dr. Charles Graham

Welcome to Dr. Graham’s blog.  I would like to start a discussion on chiropractic and the various uses of Active Release Techniques® (ART), a soft tissue protocol that releases adhesions between soft tissue structures such as muscles, muscles and nerves, muscles and other muscles, etc.

I’m a 29 year veteran chiropractor of Mid-Michigan Chiropractic Center in St. Johns, Michigan who has been using ART for almost 9 years and have been an instructor for it for almost 6 years.  If anyone has had ART treatment, or would like to know more about this fantastic soft tissue treatment procedure, I would like to hear from you.  Although I will not be able to “diagnose” your condition from this blog, I may be able to point you in the right direction by answering your questions. 

Comments are welcome, however vulgar or inappropriate language will not be tolerated, and will be immediately removed.  As in all blogs, spam is not tolerated either.

I have successfully used chiropractic spinal adjustments and/or Active Release Techniques® on many of my patients with great results for conditions such as whiplash, carpal tunnel syndrome, sciatica, headaches, neck  pain, back pain, plantar fascitis, heel spurs, tennis elbow, golfers elbow, shin splints, hamstring pulls, muscle tears, shoulder capsulitis, and many, many, more.

The average person, the young and old, athletes of all types, and those who suffer with pain and stiffness have benefited by using chiropractic techniques, ART, or a combination of both depending on their condition.   

Athletes benefit greatly not only in pain relief, but in athletic performance.  By releasing adhesions that can build up in or between muscles, athletic performance (such as that in tri-athletes) becomes more efficient leaving more energy for greater endurance or faster performances.  Baseball pitchers throw with greater ease, football players have less injuries, golfers have a more controlled swing, etc.

Example:  A tri-athlete at an Ironman Race in Lake Placid a few years ago was treated at the ART tent for mild pain while swimming.  Immediately after the treatment he felt so good that he swam the entire 2.4 mile course beating his best time by 2 full minutes while his heart rate was 10 beats per minute slower than usual.  (Tri-athlete swimmers will typically wear a heart monitering device so they can “pace” themselves at a rate that will not exhaust their reserves before crossing the finish line.)  What this meant for that athlete is that he could have pushed himself a little harder and performed even better.

Another example is someone I worked on at Lake Placid that same year that had a goal of finishing the race in under 12 hours.  During my evaluation I found that he had many restrictions of movement while running and swimming.   During the two days that I saw him I was able to completely release most of the adhesions that I found making running and swimming much easier for him.  He e-mailed me back with his official time of 11 hours 29 minutes and 30 seconds.  He beat his goal by over 1/2 hour, and was not completely exhausted at the end of the race as he had been in the past.

More and more people are turning to natural methods of healing.  Those who have used chiropractic care, especially with the addition of Active Release Techniques® have had remarkable recoveries when other methods have failed.  You don’t have to be an athlete to reap the benefits of ART, and especially when combined with chiropractic care.

I would like to hear your comments, good or bad about your experiences with chiropractic care and/or Active Release Techniques® or your questions regarding treatment with ART.