To understand the benefits of ART, we must first understand how internal scarring affects the soft tissues. When muscles, fascia, tendons, nerves, blood vessels, or ligaments experience damage from a sports injury, auto accident injury, or chronic strain problem, the body responds by creating scar tissue. Scar tissue is meant to immobilize the injured structure so it cannot come to greater harm while it’s trying to heal, but sometimes scar tissue grows out of control, forming lumps, known as adhesions, that trap tissues or even join them together. Adhesions can cause chronic pain, stiffness, and neurological symptoms. To make matters more complicated, adhesions often go undetected by standard diagnostic techniques, such as X-ray imaging.
ART solves the problems caused by adhesions by serving as both diagnostic tool and treatment method all in one. It’s a set of over 500 possible manipulations for finding and fixing areas of restricted mobility. Our chiropractor moves the part of the body in question, or has you move it, while feeling the skin for signs of internal scarring. Once adhesions have been pinpointed, additional manipulations can be applied to break up the scar tissue and free the tissues trapped beneath it.