Active Release Technique®
Active Release Techniques (ART), is a patented, soft-tissue system that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. It is a non-invasive process that locates and breaks down the scar tissue and adhesions that accompany soft-tissue injuries. The power of Active Release Techniques lies in its ability to effectively resolve chronic injuries that have not responded to other forms of therapy.
This highly effective multidisciplinary soft-tissue technique was developed by a Chiropractor, Dr. P. Michael Leahy of Colorado Springs, Colorado.
IASTM is a radical new type of procedure that is changing the way chronic and acute soft tissue injuries are treated. Graston Technique® is the current industry standard having been the first company to develop and teach instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilisation (IASTM). The use of stainless steel instruments allows the practitioner to pinpoint and break down scar tissue and fascial adhesions, which are so often the cause of pain and dysfunction.
The body is largely made up of soft tissues including muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia. When any of these soft tissues are injured through the cumulative injury cycle, or through direct trauma such as spraining an ankle, the tissues repair themselves in a randomised fashion. This causes scar tissue to develop in the area, and may lead to pain and chronic injury.
While scar tissue itself does not cause any pain, it restricts the range of motion and stops nerves from sliding correctly, and the resultant stiffness often contributes to persistent pain. The pain can range from mild and irritating to severely debilitating and requires effective treatment to heal properly.
Graston Technique® / IASTM uses specialised concave and convex, hand-held stainless steel instruments. Our certified practitioner brushes or rubs these instruments against scar tissue, adhesions or fascial grain, in a form of cross-friction massage. This helps to break down the problem scar tissue through re-introducing microscopic trauma to the affected area, which stimulates the body’s healing process.
Some of the conditions that we treat using the Graston Technique® / IASTM include:
A typical course of treatment ranges from six to ten sessions.
It is important to understand that your feet have direct impact on the rest of your body and support you with each step. We use the industry leader GaitScan™ system technology to help provide a comprehensive biomechanical evaluation and analysis to order custom orthotics.
Many of the problems associated with foot mechanics can be easily fixed with orthotics. However it is important that the orthotics which you buy are suitable for YOUR FEET.
This is because your feet are as individual as you.
Unlike most insoles made from polypropylene, which has a short life span and flattens under constant stress, TOGS Insoles are made from a unique memory plastic which is guaranteed for life against breakage and will never flatten.
Like glasses, TOGS Insoles are custom made and specific to each individual and made from a prescription, therefore the best possible support and relief from symptoms. They help reduce pain throughout the feet, legs, knees, hips and back and can dramatically help to improve and maintain a healthy posture.
Patients rely on the quality of our orthotics to work, run and play. Every pair of custom orthotics are built with materials that are constructed to last. In fact we are so confident in the durability of our 100% intrinsic memory plastic that we guarantee it for a lifetime of wear against breakage.
Kinesiology Taping helps improve the body’s natural healing process whilst providing stimulation, strength and support to muscles, fascia and joints. When applied, the tape offers additional support and influences soft tissue and nerves. This combination is what gives Kinesio tape its innate pain relieving quality.
When used whilst participating in a sporting event, Kinesiology taping helps to enhance performance by boosting blood flow, providing support, increasing or decreasing stimulus to muscles and fascia. In addition, it also helps rehabilitate painful conditions such as runner’s knee, plantar fasciitis, shoulder impingement and shin splints.
The Kinesiology tape is applied on or around the injured area, or where the tape’s influence is required. The tape is typically applied along the length of a stretched muscle, or area. When applied, the tape lifts the skin away from the muscle just enough to boost the flow of blood and influence the nerves and fascia underneath. Increased blood flow helps make the oxygen supply to the body more efficient and also improves lymph drainage, which in turn helps the speedy removal of lactic acid from the body. The influence on nerves and fascia helps to increase or decrease muscle and fascial tension. This is critical when treating pain and injuries, or in performance therapy. Additionally, when the skin is lifted, convolutions are formed in the skin. These convolutions increase the interstitial space, which helps reduce the inflammation of the injured areas.
At Kinetic Health, we use ROCKTAPE, which is one of the most effective Kinesiology tapes available. It is made of 100% cotton, safe for sensitive skin and light to the feel. It can be worn for up to five days even while swimming or in the shower. While anyone can apply Kinesio tape, it is best to get ROCKTAPE applied by certified practitioners who are trained to determine which specific techniques will be most effective for your particular requirement.
The Functional Movement Screen is an innovative system used to evaluate movement pattern quality for clients and athletes. The screen is comprised of seven fundamental movement patterns that require a balance of mobility and stability and place the individual in extreme positions where weaknesses and imbalances become noticeable.
Typically we use the FMS to determine the quality of high-threshold dynamic motor control, and to help predict the likelihood of injury. The FMS really comes into its own in the last phase of the Kinetic Health System. The screen allows us to track progress and identify the areas that need improvement first when looking at more complex movement patterns and performance.
FMS provides a consistent and reliable testing method identifying movement limitations and dysfunction. It allows us to set progressive corrective strategies that help to improve efficiency, durability and performance. The Functional Movement Screen provides an enhanced foundation for exercise and performance programming.
assessments that we use when there is the presence of pain. The SFMA breaks down specific fundamental movements that may be causing you pain or discomfort. This allows us to identify quickly and accurately whether the problem is due to:
Most of the time, the SFMA will be part of your first consultation with us. We use theSFMA to help determine to what extent the way you move is contributing to any painful condition or injuries you may have. For instance, it’s likely that a lack of mobility or a motor control dysfunction has led to an area of the body being overused, and may be contributing to painful conditions. If pain is recreated during the assessment in the pain site that is bothering you, then we can be fairly sure there is an actual problem with the soft tissue, bones or joints. This puts you straight in the pain box, and we continue your treatment from there. However, if we can’t recreate your painful symptoms in the assessment, it’s likely you have a movement dysfunction that is causing your pain and you will be progressed to the appropriate box.