We are hosting the first Complex course in Europe next week. Dr. Mike Leahy will be teaching the whole crew + other Full Body Certified providers in Europe. The course is FULLY BOOKED and participants are joining in from all over Europe. A BIG Welcome to TEAM USA!
“It is amazing to see and feel how quickly soft tissue is responding to ART® in general. Complex Protocols speeds up the “breaking down” process and results are guicker when combined correctly with basic ART® protocols. Get ready for some intensive training days together with colleagues and friends.”
Complex Protocols by Active Release Techniques®
P. Michael Leahy, DC, CCSP.
ART® is our soft tissue “tool” of preference in our movement based treatment approach.
The whole concept is based on improving movement in a structure (muscle, tendon, fascia, capsule or ligament), and/or improving the gliding potential of a structure vs another or more (ex. median nerve at the carpal tunnel, iliotibial band on the vastus lateralis, biceps + infraspinatus + deltoid). Limited movement potential in structures and/or between structures is prone to cause many of our modern soft tissue diagnoses/conditions. If you have restrictions in your soft tissue somewhere in the body, your structures and the body compensates so you can keep on going.
A restriction in the soft tissue causes limitation and alternation of movement.
When limitation of movement is caused by adhesions in a structure, and/or “fuzzing” in the surrounding tissues, biomechanical alternations will emerge, thus making it possible to continue with your tasks (ex. computer worker with general aching in arms/shoulders – raising the shoulder and holding it in a static position while the forearm, hand and finger do they work on the keyboard/mouse). Many examples can be given, the point being, your other structures (the ones you use to compensate) will have to work harder and differently than they are suppose to, this additionally to your already overloaded structures in the forearms and wrists. This will in the long run reinforce the unfortunate pattern along the whole chain and probably cause you more changes/problems in more areas of the body. Remember that the timeline is essential. The longer the pattern has been reinforced, the more “fuzz” you will find. The more “fuzz” you find, the more the tissue shape, function and texture changes. I believe that most surgical interventions for soft tissue conditions could be avoided when correctly approached (I am obviously not talking about total or partial ruptures of structures needing reattachments etc.).