Active Release Techniques®
Often referred to as the gold standard of soft tissue services, Active Release Techniques® (ART) are widely used to relieve pain and increase mobility for people ranging from elite athletes to business professionals.
The Active Release Technique® is a hands-on, manual therapy technique. It releases nerves and blood vessels that have become trapped or stuck beneath adhesions within muscle tissue.
Because scar tissue and other adhesions build up around overused or injured muscles, the muscles eventually become weaker, which can negatively impact the function and movement of the joints.
Active Release Techniques® use various movements and manipulations to relieve compression and increase blood supply, thereby increasing movement and reducing pain and a whole host of other symptoms.
Limited range of motion, pain, tension, weakness, numbness, and tingling are just some of the symptoms associated with soft tissue injuries created by scar tissue. The Active Release Techniques,® performed by Tangelo’s team of specially-certified ART therapists, aim at diagnosing and treating soft tissue injuries and their associated symptoms.
Active Release Techniques® are comprised of many different types and methods. Depending on the specific condition and need, your doctor may incorporate elements of deep tissue massage, acupressure, myofascial release, trigger point therapy, and nerve flossing. Through training and experience, ART techniques deliver excellent results for a wide range of muscle and soft tissue injuries and issues.
Tangelo’s Active Release Techniques in Seattle and Portland have helped many clients feel better and regain mobility. If you are in the Fremont, Green Lake or West Seattle areas, or Slabtown in Portland, please book an appointment on our site to get started with Active Release Techniques.
Functional Rehabilitation is a broadly used term to describe a number of soft tissue service methods. These methods include, but are not limited to, manual therapy, sports chiropractic care, cupping therapy, and kinesiology taping.
Sports chiropractic, also called chiropractic sports medicine, is one of the most effective specialties within the broader field of chiropractic care. The technique addresses the musculoskeletal system, using chiropractic adjustments to restore proper motion to restricted joints. It involves making adjustments and manipulations to the spine and to joints. Sports chiropractic care is widely used to treat and prevent a wide array of injuries.
Functional Range Conditioning
Functional Range Conditioning (FRC) is a system developed to improve active range of motion, protect joints, and rehabilitate lost ranges due to injury or disuse. This methodology enhances the usable range of motion while reinforcing joints with the tissues and neurological system that controls them.
Functional Range Conditioning is used to treat recent injuries or recurring problems and is effective for rehabilitation and injury prevention. FRC improves tissue resiliency without entering painful ranges of motion.
Elastic therapeutic tape goes by many names. It is also called kinesiology tape, Kinesio tape, K-tape, or KT. The elastic tape is used with the intent of treating pain and disability resulting from athletic injuries and other physical disorders.
Dry Cupping Therapy
Dry Cupping Therapy has recently grown in popularity but is actually an ancient practice. Cupping involves using small cups to create areas of low air pressure next to the skin. This low pressure creates a mild suction effect and is used to increase blood flow and stimulate the body’s localized inflammatory response to facilitate healing. It is also a type of deep-tissue massage.
Acupuncture is a form of alternative medicine used most commonly for pain relief and to stimulate and support the body’s healing response. Originating in ancient Chinese medicine, acupuncture has been embraced across the globe. Acupuncture engages both the musculoskeletal system and the meridian system. Its purpose is to rebalance local tissue as well as address systemic issues to promote healing and prevent further injury.
The Graston Technique is an innovative, patented form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization. Graston Technique is used to effectively break down scar tissue and restrictions or adhesions in the muscle fascia. The technique utilizes instruments designed to detect and effectively treat areas with soft tissue fibrosis or chronic inflammation.
Massage therapy is systematic manual manipulation of the body’s soft body tissues (muscle, connective tissue, tendons, and ligaments). There are numerous massage therapy modalities. Most include application of fixed or movable pressure, holding pressure, and facilitating the movement of muscle and connective tissue.
The Tangelo method is entirely unique. We draw from a fusion of leading methods to create custom manual therapy + movement service plans tailored to you and your goals.
Our method includes components from multiple leading pain relief and functional rehabilitation modalities.