Advanced Therapy (AT) is one of the most effective treatments for overuse-related injuries. When muscles are overused or otherwise prevented from achieving full and proper recovery, scar tissue begins to form. As scar tissue builds up in the musculoskeletal system, individuals experience pain, limited range of motion, and loss of function to certain parts of the body. Untreated, this can lead to additional conditions that negatively impact muscles, tendons, nerves, and ligaments. ART works by breaking apart scar tissue in muscles and tendons, reducing pain, restoring range of motion, and improving functionality.
Developed by Dr. P. Michael Leahy, DC, CCSP, over 30 years ago, ART is a patented massage technique that involves the patient moving muscles or ligaments while the practitioner presses the affected area, allowing the practitioner to engage the musculoskeletal structure as it moves beneath the pressure of their contact. There are more than 500 different movements that muscles, tendons, fascia, ligaments, and nerves respond to, with different techniques and levels of pressure. With such dizzying variety, each treatment is unique to each patient, based on specific histories and injuries.
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"I have come to Todd at Active Bodywork with at least a dozen different musculoskeletal issues over the last several years, and always find relief and resolution...no matter if from overdoing it at the gym, chronic foot pain, or even headaches. I have had massages all over Sacramento (when I just need to relax), but there is no better place to get physically-therapeutic bodywork. Highly recommend!"
A broad term covering several different techniques, SMT focuses on injury prevention, often combining therapeutic massages with targeted stretches and movements.
Deep finger pressure and slow, measured strokes target bands of adhesions and realign fascia and deep muscle layers to quickly and effectively relieve stiffness and pain.