The Team is now preparing the final details prior to our next course in London (29th of May to 1st of June 2014). This will be the 3rd time Tottenham Hotspur Medical Team and ART® Europe work together. The courses have been popular for other participants from “outside” the club to join. I am pleased to announce that the Medical Team and ART® Europe will continue their educational programme for another 3 years (2015-2017). We will co-host one course a year (end May) with Tottenham. A special thanks to Danny Murphy and the Medical Team!
Instructors for the course:
Looking forward to be working with the group for this intensive Upper Extremity course! Be prepared!!!
Having been treated with ART® a few years ago and realising how effective it was made my mind up for a career change! I decided to do ART® Upper last year which was hard work but very rewarding at the end and the instructors Shane and Heather were awesome! I enjoyed it so much that I wanted achieve full body cert as soon as I could. Sadly there were no courses in the UK for lower body so took the plunge and travelled to Finland. This was a great decision! I got to meet like minded individuals from another part of Europe, look at some good scenery and also get taught by Nicolai and Katrin who were outstanding instructors. Im now looking forward to Spine in December hopefully with all the instructors mentioned above! If your looking for an easy course where you just turn up and get a certificate then do not even bother. If however your passionate about your profession ready to work hard and put in the extra hours to bring your clients the very best in soft tissue training then get involved. This is an awesome technique and its made even better because of the instructor team!
Rich Knight – London, UK
Just got back from the ART lower extremity in Finland yesterday! The course and instructors completely exceeded all my expectations! I was able to take the knowledge I learned and put it into action in the clinic today, and can already see how it is going to make such a difference for my patient care in the future! Can’t wait to do the next one!
Aimee Carroll – Ireland
Systematically integrating ART® into your practice/work with patients, athletes or teams.
Mobility and flexibility are important elements in achieving desired strength and endurance. Strength, endurance, coordination etc. determines our functional abilities. Without the necessary glide and slide of our soft tissue, injuries are predisposed and the athlete or worker will perform at a poorer biomechanical level.
Soft tissue flexibility is important in the mid- and later stages of the healing process after an injury has occurred. At this stage, ART® plays an important role in achieving desired local flexibility in the injured area and in the surrounding tissues (fascia, connective tissue, muscles, tendons, nerves etc.). Achieving desired local flexibility in the tissue fibers and in the surrounding tissues, will give the patient or athlete huge advantage in the rehabilitation work, and later in their functional settings.
“Just think about what happens with the skin when you cut yourself. Fibers are forming from all directions and between all layers in the actual area (FUZZ), making the skin and the underlying connective tissue less flexible. The same happens to injured tissue under the skin (fascia, connective tissue, muscles, tendons, nerves etc.). It is a good idea to watch the FUZZ Speech by Gil Headly, and his 1 hour dissection video for informative purposes”.
It is important to address mobility/flexibility issues before you focus on strength etc. in rehabilitation after injury. The same applies for athletes in their training. Think about how common it is for football players with injury history of the hamstrings (semitendinosis, semimembranouses and biceps femoris long head) to get re-injured in the same area. Inhibition of movement in between structures by FUZZ, will happen after injury and/ or by your daily loading pattern. The ART® provider must give special attention to any local structures predisposed to re-injury for the individual athlete. It is also of high importance that the provider analyses the kinetic lines to address inhibitions of movements along the chain. We now talk about cause relationships! Take a look at this article: Recurrent hamstring muscle injury: applying the limited evidence in the professional football setting with a seven-point programme
How many theories do we have about Trigger points? And, how many theories do we have on solving the problem? I believe that many vague, and sometimes strange theories are served to our patients and athletes when it comes to soft tissue disorders in general. If you deal with soft tissue disorders in general, please do the following:
1. Compare the peripheral nerve chart with the trigger point chart. Check also the radiation/distribution areas. What do you find?
2. Ask yourself, would you like someone to compress (squeeze) and twist, or needle your ex. median nerve by the pronator teres muscle?
3. Now, let’s say we are pretty much sure that a nerve is involved in the picture. How can you determine the cause of the nerve symptoms?
4. Entrapment by adhesions? Entrapment by muscle tonus? Friction? Loss of gliding capacity? Blood Nutrition? Damage to myelin? etc.
Differentiate! How you solve the issue is of course up to you. I would pretty much focus on releasing the nerve and surrounding structures + introduce nerve- and tissue gliding by treating neighboring entrapment sites + nerve gliding exercises etc. I would also always make sure to address the underlying biomechanical cause to avoid “backfires”.
KNOW YOUR NERVES
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome – Median Nerve – Peripheral Nerves
There are many different peripheral nerve treatment methods on the “market”. In general, I would recommend any peripheral nerve problem to be examined by a soft tissue specialist. Always try conservative treatment approaches prior to surgical interventions!
The technique I am about to describe is working remarkably better than any other method I have tried for soft tissue treatments. Active Release Techniques® (ART®) is a manual soft tissue system that involves precision in touch, tension, movement and function. Before looking deeper into this subject, some background information is needed.
Børge Fagerli talks about his experiences with Active Release Techniques®. He has tried various treatment methods during his career as a coach and PT. Check out what he says.
Børge Fagerli has, among other things, published the article about MyoReps. Read more about Børge Fagerli on his site: www.borgefagerli.com
2014 looks interesting from our point of view. With our new system installed, new staff members and the new web site up and going, the team faces the year well prepared. A complete new series of protocols has been developed by Dr. Mike Leahy, and will be introduced first time in Europe late June in Moss, Norway. Approx. 100 new protocols complete the Complex Protocol Course.
You will be able to join courses in at new venues in more countries. We will also start up our professional cooperation with FC Midtjylland, and sign a new 3-year contract with Tottenham Hotspur FC. Malpensa in Italy, Solvalla in Finland and FC Midtjylland are all part of our new venue settings from 2014. You will of course find your regular venue locations offering our course modules as previously. Our Facebook site has 5500 new followers since July 2013 and many more are following our work on other Social Medias. Please feel free to visit us Online:
I wish you all the best for 2014 and I hope that your experience with Active Release Techniques® has been positive and beneficial – either as patients and athletes, or as practitioners working with the technique. COMPLETE COURSE OVERVIEW 2014 with invitation letters, venue information and much more…