About ART


How Does ART Work?

ART treatment protocols are performed by manually manipulating soft tissue structures in such a way that they will return to their normal moving relationship to one another. The body’s natural immune response to trauma is referred to as the cumulative injury cycle. In an effort to repair and stabilize what it perceives as injury, the body will develop scar tissue in and between the soft tissue structures of the involved area.

Obviously, this puts the body at a mechanical as well as neurovascular disadvantage. With an indepth understanding of how these structures move in relationship to one another, Dr. Flournoy manually will manually release these adhesions, allowing for more normal movement of the whole system.

How Do Overuse Conditions Occur?

Over-used muscles (and other soft tissues) change in three important ways:

· Acute conditions (pulls, tears, collisions)
· Accumulation of small tears (micro-trauma)
· Not getting enough oxygen (hypoxia)

Each of these factors can cause your body to produce tough, dense scar tissue in the affected area. This scar tissue binds up and ties down tissues that need to move freely. As scar tissue builds up, muscles become shorter and weaker, tension on tendons causes tendonitis, and nerves can become trapped. This can cause reduced range of motion, loss of strength, and pain. If a nerve is trapped you may also feel tingling, numbness, and weakness.

Describe a Typical Treatment Plan?

In the great majority of cases, the patient will see at least some measurable degree of positive change within the first visit. The average length of treatment for any given condition is between six to ten visits, never two days in a row. As with all other treatment provided at Performance Care Clinic, our entire premise is to get you better and back to 100% as quickly as possible.

what happens during an ART treatment?

Every ART session is actually a combination of examination and treatment. The ART provider uses his or her hands to evaluate the texture, tension, movement and function of muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments and nerves. Abnormal tissues are treated by combining precisely directed tension with very specific patient movement.

Whenever possible we have our patients perform active movements during the treatment process. Active motions stimulate neurological pathways in the spinal cord that help to reduce pain during treatment. Motion also helps to reproduce the stresses the patient will actually be under during normal active motion.

What is the Difference Between ART and Massage?

The procedures used by Massage are very different from ART, and produce different results than ART.

There are many types of massage, but most massage techniques promote relaxation and circulation. Neuromuscular massage is a little more specific but it does not correct soft tissue problems to make them work properly.

In contrast, the ART protocol specifically designed to remove adhesions and scar tissues, and restore full range of motion to the tissues and joints.

How Does ART Improve Performance?

Performance of any task from golfing, typing, running, swimming, etc. can improve significantly with ART treatments.

Restoring proper muscle function and movement enables the body to perform at its most efficient level. Reaction times are also able to be improved as muscle function is improved.

ART allows the body to do what you ask of it, when you need it!

Will My Condition or Problem Return After Treatment?

Usually, the changes are permanent, but ultimately the answer depends on the patient compliance with post care recommendations. If you keep doing what you’re doing, you keep getting what your getting. This is especially true for those suffering from repetitive strain injures (RSI) or cumulative trauma injuries.

Repetition of injury causing behavior or activities will cause the problem to reoccur. An important part of ART treatments are the accompanying recommendation for activity modification, stretching, and exercises. Each patient should commit to carrying out these suggestions to obtain the best results.

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