- Why ITT?
- What is causing my pain?
- What is Active Release Techniques ® Soft Tissue Treatment (ART®) & Manual Therapy?
- Why use Medical Acupuncture?
- Will I be sore following an ITT treatment?
- How long is ITT treatment?
- Will I have to keep coming back?
ART® is a manual, hands-on technique that effectively breaks down scar tissue, and restores proper muscle length and muscle balance.
Joints and surrounding structures can also contribute to chronic functional conditions, as well as being directly injured in falls, motor vehicle collisions, sporting and recreational injuries etc. The goal of manual therapy is to employ specific joint mobilizations and manipulations as necessary to restore proper joint movement and function. Furthermore, joints are rich sources of nerves that regulate muscle tone and control movement, so it is important to address joint mechanics when treating any condition.
Our experience has shown that the combination of these techniques is the most effective way to address musculoskeletal pain. Releasing muscles using ART® prior to restoring the proper alignment through manual therapy ensures a comprehensive treatment for your pain.
Although the exact mechanism or effect of acupuncture is still being elucidated, it is known that acupuncture stimulates the body to produce its own pain relieving chemicals called endorphins. The improved energy and biochemical balance produced by acupuncture stimulates the body's natural healing abilities, reducing inflammation, and promoting physical and emotional well being.
Medical acupuncture differs from traditional Chinese acupuncture merely in the goal of the treatment. While traditional Chinese practitioners aim to regulate the various organ and energy systems of the body using acupuncture needles, the primary focus of a contemporary medical acupuncture approach is to use needles at anatomically relevant points to help control pain and improve function. Ironically, despite the different approaches, many of the points used are exactly the same. The emergence of scientific evidence elucidating the exact effects of acupuncture treatments has provided support for the use of acupuncture for pain control in acute and chronic conditions.
At SHAPE, we utilize medical acupuncture during the first two to three treatment sessions if needed to reduce pain and inflammation of the injured tissues. As well, it can be used effectively to release trigger points within muscles that subsequently cause muscular tension and pain. Additional benefits include stress relief and normalization of the nervous system. We often include low and high-frequency electrical stimulation to some or all of the needles to further enhance the beneficial effects and provide an overall pain-relieving, relaxing experience.
We have found medical acupuncture to be a useful adjunct to the other modalities we use in our Integrated Therapy and Training approach. How many treatments do I need? Typically two to six treatments are required to reduce inflammation, breakdown and repair scar tissue, and restore normal function. Subsequent treatments may be needed in order to functionally rehabilitate the area through muscle activation and stabilization exercises. Follow-up visits will be prescribed as necessary to prevent the condition from recurring, and enhance your optimal performance.
An epsom salt bath should be taken following the treatments to help relax muscles and promote the elimination of muscle toxins. A personalized stretching and mobilization program that you can perform at home may be prescribed to enhance the results of the treatment.