Sports injuries and Active Release Technique


Active Release Technique and Sports injuries

The intensity of playing sports increases the risk of injury, especially soft tissue injuries. In recent years kids and adults have taken to playing the same sport year round.  An entirely new category of healthcare, Sports Medicine has evolved to handle the increasing numbers of injuries.

The symptoms from sports injuries can be quite varied.  They include pain, tingling, burning, numbness and stiffness. To treat these symptoms, some Chiropractors use the “Active Release Technique” (A.R.T.).  Dr. Donovan uses it treat the soft tissue irritation and damage responsible for these feelings. Active Release Technique combined with a functional evaluation provides Dr. Donovan with a way to identify and diagnose the problem.  Together these methods pinpoint soft tissue involved and determine the cause of the symptoms. Some of the techniques used to treat are also used to help diagnose.

How A.R.T. Helps Reduce the Pain of Sports Injuries

A.R.T. is a hands-on soft tissue therapy. The goal is to address the muscles and tissues that have been injured. This is the type of trauma that keeps affecting a particular part of the body repeatedly. For example, soccer players are known for lower extremity or leg injuries because they regularly strike the ball and collide with other players. The lower body tends to suffer most of the damage from this.

Acute and cumulative traumas both end up producing fibrous adhesions. Scar tissue can reduce blood flow resulting in muscles getting decreased levels of oxygen. Adhesions restrict joint movement causing action to be restricted and even painful. Active Release Technique is designed to specifically locate and break down scar tissue.

A.R.T. Goes Beyond Sports Injuries

Sports Medicine addresses a variety of injuries. You don’t have to be a soccer player to experience an injury that could benefit from Active Release Technique. These injuries could happen in any sport, even tennis and golf. This is how Tennis elbow and Golfer’s elbow got their names, but these conditions also commonly affect computer users and hairstylists.

Overuse of the muscles in your forearm eventually begins to irritate and break down tendons resulting in pain .  Regardless of the activity or sport, an athlete that suffers regular pain in a particular area of their body, can be helped by Chiropractic and Active Release Technique.

There is help for Sports Injuries

Dr. Donovan evaluates the injured area and provides an accurate diagnosis based on an functional and orthopedic examination. After the exam, he generally treats the injury the same day. Examination takes an hour and treatment generally about 20 minutes. Depending on the severity, patients can often feel improvement before the end of their first appointment.

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