Considered the "gold standard" of soft tissue management. Every ART session is actually a combination of examination and treatment. The ART provider uses his or her hands to evaluate the texture, tightness and movement of muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments and nerves. Abnormal tissues are treated by combining precisely directed tension with very specific patient movements.
These treatment protocols - over 500 specific moves - are unique to ART. They allow providers to identify and correct the specific problems that are affecting each individual patient. ART is not a cookie-cutter approach.
The Fascial Distortion Model, developed by Dr. Stephen Typaldos, DO is called a ‘model’ because it isn’t a technique. It’s actually a treatment model in which virtually all soft tissue injuries, or musculoskeletal complaints, are viewed through 1 or more of the 6 different types of alterations to the body’s connective tissues. The patient’s verbal and physical descriptions, coupled with the mechanism of injury and relevant orthopedic tests, lead to the proper form of soft tissue treatment.
Treatments can include ironing out fascial seams, smoothing out fascial coils, reversing fascial transition zones on attachment points, minimizing protruding tissue through fascial planes, unfolding and refolding fascial folds and releasing fixated joints. The patient’s presentation along with the FDM assessment will dictate and identify the type of fascial distortion involved and the proper corrective technique will then be utilized.
Tui Na is a form of Chinese manipulative therapy. The name comes from two of the actions: tui means "to push" and na means "to lift and squeeze." It is a hands-on body treatment that uses principles from Taoism and Traditional Chinese Medicine in an effort to bring the body into balance. Tui Na uses hundreds of manipulative techniques including kneading, pressing, rolling, shaking, stretching, holding of active point combinations and more. Peter also uses moxibustion, fire cupping, linaments and Chinese herbal patent formulas. Tui Na techniques open and unblock stagnant meridian channels and encourage the flow of chi into deficient areas balancing the entire body. Peter practices Brian O’Dea’s unique style of Winds and Waters Tui Na, which firmly rooted in the martial tradition, utilizes stances and techniques from Tai Chi and Kung Fu during sessions.
A special kinesiology/sports tape provides support while allowing full range of motion. Tape is used to decrease pain, unload tissue via decompression, and provide a novel stimulus that improves body awareness. Kinesiology tape is applied along muscles, ligaments, and tendons to provide a lightweight, external support that helps you remain active while recovering from injuries. It creates neuromuscular feedback that inhibits or facilitates stronger firing of muscles and tendons. This feedback creates support elements without the bulk and restriction commonly associated with wraps and heavy bracing.
IASTM “Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization,” is a manual therapy approach to musculoskeletal injuries using specifically designed tools to create a controlled inflammatory process, which will allow the tissue to begin the healing process, breaking down scar tissue and adhesions in the troubled area, to accelerate the recovery process.
Cupping is a manual therapy treatment used in Chinese Medicine and many traditional cultures. It is most recognizable by the big purple circles the cups can leave. Myofascial Decompression Technique uses plastic pump cups (which can generate a much greater negative pressure than glass and fire) in conjunction with active and passive movement to address connective tissue matrix dysfunction and fascial plane restriction. MFD is an excellent modality to address collagen cross bonding and adhessions, as well as the compensatory kinetic inefficiencies they may cause.