Therapeutic Techniques

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Ever wonder what the ‘pros’ are doing when they get hurt or what therapy are they getting for their tight muscles and aches and pains?

The answer is the same as you! Most professional athletes get a combination of therapies, including chiropractic, ART, acupuncture and massage therapy BUT where they differ the most is they know what their weaknesses are and use specific low tech exercises to correct those weaknesses.

Weaknesses are not the same as a weak muscle, let me explain.

In order for any athlete to perform at their peak and be most resistant to injury, they must have optimum movement.  Without optimal movement, an athlete is putting “fitness on dysfunction.” It is the equivalent of building a house on a weak foundation.  They are performing advanced level activities even though they are inefficient in their fundamental movements.

When we lack a solid foundation of functional movement patterns, we then compensate with poor movement patterns. As a result, muscle tightness and injuries may never heal 100%, or optimal performance may never be reached.  Therefore, Functional Movement Systems is widely used by athletic programs to discover and correct these weaknesses and to help athletes stay healthy and compete the best they can. At ACHC, Dr. Knapp and Dr. Sly use this same system to screen, assess, and treat their patients and athletes, allowing maximal therapeutic effect, optimal performance and decreased risk of injury.


Functional Movement Systems is made up of the Functional Movement Screen (FMS) and the Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA).

The FMS is a ranking and grading system in which documents movement patterns that are key to normal function. Screening these patterns identifies functional limitations and asymmetries, generating the FMS Score. The FMS Score is directly linked to the most beneficial corrective exercises to restore mechanically sound movement patterns, track progress, and change the exercise prescription as movement improves.

When pain is present, or when performance of an FMS test produces pain, Phil and Paul then use the SFMA. The SFMA is a comprehensive clinical assessment to classify movement patterns and direct manual therapy and therapeutic exercise interventions. It captures tightness, weakness, poor mobility and poor stability, which may be remote from the area of pain.  This allows for the most efficient and effective treatment to remove the pain and reduce or resolve mobility and movement-pattern asymmetries.

Here at ACHC we want you to get the most out of your treatment and maximize your potential. Contact us to find out how you can get more out of your therapy!


By | Soft Tissue Health Exercises, Therapeutic Techniques | No Comments

Active Release Technique® is a patented movement based massage technique that can be used as part of a rehabilitation program to effectively treat soft tissue conditions such as headaches, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, shin splints, shoulder pain, sciatica, plantar fasciitis, knee problems, and tennis or golfer’s elbow are just a few of the many conditions that can be resolved quickly and permanently with ART.  These conditions and many other injuries all have one important thing in common: they are often a result of overused muscles. Overuse or chronic injuries throughout the body can benefit from this technique.

How does it work? Practitioners will use their hands to assess the quality of the muscle tissue as well as its mobility. They will be looking for areas of tenderness and restriction. ART® helps to break down scar tissue and allows for improved movement, strength and decreased pain.

What does it feel like? The technique involves applying precise pressure and tension to identified areas while using specific patient movements to correct and optimize the surrounding soft-tissues.

Interested? Doctors of Chiropractic, Dr. Philip Knapp, and Dr. Paul Sly, are both full body ART® certified and incorporate this technique into their treatment plans. Call the clinic for a complementary consultation to see how you may benefit from ART®.

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