Active Release Technique (ART) ART can resolved conditions of the muscles, often caused by overuse of them. ART is a soft tissue movement based massage 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.

Dr James Barr uses his hands to evaluate the texture, tightness and movement of muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments and nerves. Abnormal tissues are treated by combining precisely directed tension with very specific patient movements. Every ART session is actually a combination of examination and treatment.

Spinal Decompression (DTS) Traction With lumbar traction, the patient lies on his back and is secured on a special table with a cable coming from the foot-end of the table that attaches to a strap that has been placed around the patient’s hips. The cable is attached to weights at the foot-end of the table that provide a continuous and gentle pulling force on the hips toward the foot-end of the table. The goal of traction is to unload the disc space and muscles in the lumbar spine. This unloading is thought to provide a recuperative period which allows the muscles to rest and takes pressure off the disc space. 

Electrical Muscle Stimulation This is often referred to as “EMS or E Stim” is the use of electric current in pain therapy. This therapy involves low levels of electrical impulse that are delivered to the area of pain or injury. It reduces pain and speeds healing to the affected tissues. The impulse feels like an electrical massage, or a sensation of tingling that stimulates the body to release natural pain relievers, they are called endorphins. When the natural pain reducers “endorphins” are released in the area of pain it promotes faster healing. EMS is often used to treat acute and chronic pain, strains of the muscles, joints, ligaments, tendons and soft tissues of the spine or the extremities.

Ultrasound

Therapeutic ultrasound in physical therapy is alternating compression and rarefaction of sound waves with a frequency in the area of injury or pain. This energy is absorbed in the soft tissue, connective tissue, ligaments, tendons, and fascia. Therapeutic ultrasound is sometimes recommended for muscle as well as joint pain. Therapeutic ultrasound has two types of benefits, thermal effects and non thermal effects. The thermal effects are due to the absorption of the sound waves. Non thermal effects are from cavitation, microstreaming and acoustic streaming. Cavitational effects result from the vibration of the tissue causing microscopic air bubbles to form, which transmit the vibrations in a way that directly stimulates cell membranes. This physical stimulation appears to enhance the cell-repair effects of the inflammatory response. Therapeutic ultrasound is sometimes recommended for muscles, joints, ligaments, tendons and soft tissues of the spine or the extremities.

Wellness Fairs & Seminars We are always willing to come to your place of business to educate your employee’s or residents on Chiropractic care, nutrition, exercise, and  how to live a long healthy life.