When we use the term deep tissue, we are discussing muscles, tendons and tendon insertions, ligaments, joint capsules, nerves or a group of nerves called a nerve plexus, and fascia. Active Release Technique (ART) and Graston often yield faster and longer lasting results than Chiropractic, Physiotherapy or Massage alone. Both Active Release Technique and Graston however, are very specific in their application. There are many issues that can contribute to a musculoskeletal or neuromuscular complaint, previous trauma, unresolved scar tissue caused by: traumatic injuries such as a tackle on the football field or a motor vehicle accident, sprain/strain injuries, or even non traumatic injuries like postsurgical scar tissue, repetitive strains, bad ergonomics, muscular imbalances.
We are one of the only clinics in Las Vegas that offers both of these techniques. They both have their advantages and as such our doctors will choose the best technique for your condition or a combination of the techniques. Physio-Therapies such as ultra-sound, hot packs, electro-stem, low level laser and cold packs are often used before and after treatments in order to expedite recovery.
While both work in similar fashion they both have strengths. Graston is a great way to treat patients with conditions in which the range of motion has been affected such as adhesive capsulitis. Graston is also useful in conditions that involve large area of tissue, such as the hamstrings, the gluteal group or the thoraco-lumbar fascia (connective tissue in the low back).
Active Release Technique is useful in conditions were we are concerned about the glide between tissues. Any given area of the body has multiple layers of muscle, tendons, ligaments and fascia. ART is the treatment of choice when the relative glide between structures is not occurring. A condition in which this occurs would be a nerve entrapment (nerve becomes stuck to a surrounding structure) sciatica can sometimes be attributed to a nerve entrapment, carpel tunnel and tarsal tunnel. Conditions in which the muscles do not glide could be IT band syndrome, rotator cuff injuries often result from a lack of motion as well.
The above list of examples is not all inclusive, but is used to show some of the advantages of each technique. Consultations are free, if you have questions about a certain condition please give us a call. If we are unable to help you, we will find someone who can.