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Hands-on, Manual Therapy Part II The Active Release Technique: A Fast and Permanent Fix for Certain Pains

By John R. Mishock, PT, DPT, DC; Mishock Physical Therapy & Associates

Monday, November 12, 2012

Active Release Technique is a patented, state-of-the-art soft tissue system/movement based massage technique that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia, and nerves. Many conditions (listed below) can be resolved quickly and permanently with ART. These conditions all have one important aspect in common: they are often a result of overused muscles.
What is an ART treatment like?
Every ART session is a combination of examination and treatment. The ART provider uses his or her 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. These treatment protocols over 500 specific moves are unique to ART and enable the therapists to identify and correct problems affecting specific soft tissues of each individual patient. It is a specialized approach to soft tissue mobilization/manual therapy to improve dysfunction.
ART sessions allow the therapists to identify and correct the specific problems that are affecting each individual patient. Art is not a cookie-cutter approach. ART is performed differently.
More common diagnoses that respond well to the Active Release Technique:
Back pain
Carpal tunnel syndrome
Shin splints
Shoulder pain
Plantar fasciitis
Knee problems
Tennis elbow
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Dr. Mishock is one of a few licensed physical therapists and chiropractors in the state of PA with doctorate level education in both. He and his physical therapy staff would welcome the opportunity to help you decrease pain, improve your function, and return you to the highest quality of life. We are here to serve you with offices in Gilbertsville, Skippack, Barto, Phoenixville and Limerick. Please call 610-327-2600 for a free phone consultation with a physical therapist or visit the website for more information:
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