Why is ART Important for Athletes?
As an athlete, have you ever experienced any form of pain or tension in your body after a game or practice? Have you ever gone home and felt the soreness and tightness after working your muscles? If this happens to you frequently, then seeing your chiropractor for routine ART treatments can help not only your recovery, but with your performance as well. Chiropractic care that involves ART treatment can help athletes in many ways. Your chiropractor will not only be able to provide gentle adjustments where needed, but they will also be able to focus on the soft tissues surrounding target areas to help improve your performance.
What is ART?
ART is commonly known as Active Release Technique and it is a patented treatment used by licensed physicians that focuses on the soft tissue. Only a small number of chiropractors in the Atlanta area are ART certified chiropractors.
ART certified chiropractors treat common soft tissue areas such as:
Additional symptoms that can be treated by ART are:
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Shin Splints
- Back Pain
ART is used to help enhance the movement in target areas by using state of the art massage techniques. ART focuses on preventative measures as well as enhancement. When you have overused muscles, your body can come to a halt. Incorporating ART treatments into your active routine can benefit any athlete.
How is ART different from general chiropractic care?
ART and chiropractic care compliment each other rather than being the same. Chiropractic care focuses on the spine and bone structures to make sure they are aligned and functioning with each other properly. ART focuses on the soft tissues attached to the bones to make sure you can move properly. They go hand in hand with each other, but just like chiropractic care requires extensive training, so does ART. It is a separate certification and optional for chiropractors.
How can ART help me?
When overused conditions occur in your muscles, it can result in sprains, strains, pulls, and tears. If these go untreated they can result in scar tissue, which can affect an athletes performance. ART is used to not only prevent this from occurring, but the techniques are also used to help enhance problem areas so you can start functioning and performing at optimal levels again. When you go in for your ART visit, your practitioner will evaluate your muscles and feel for problem areas. They feel for tightness, texture and the specific movement patterns that each target area has to determine what needs to be focused on. Then the proper tension is directly applied to the target area to shift the muscle to where it can function properly.
Finding the right combination for both chiropractic care and ART treatments can be difficult at times due to it being an optional certification for professional chiropractors. At Addison Sports Clinic, Dr. Jason Addison can help you with both techniques. For additional information, contact us today or simply schedule an appointment to visit our state of the art clinic.