Archive for December 2012

What is ART?

A.R.T. treatment is a manual therapy administered by trained physicians and other professionals to certain soft tissue structures of the body.  The purpose of this therapy is to relieve the body of adhesions and scar tissue, which can form when soft tissue structures are exposed to damaging forces.  These forces usually come about in one of three different ways:

  • A sudden or acute injury
  • A cumulative or chronic injury like carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Pressure injury from external forces such as poor posture.

These injuries cause restrictions of movement, blood flow, lymph flow, and nerve conduction.  The adhesions may develop between the fascia (the covering of muscles), muscles themselves, muscles and bones, muscles and nerves, tendons and joints, and many other combinations involving soft tissues of the musculoskeletal system.  When this occurs within muscle alone, it is usually the cause of the common trigger point and is often associated with fibromyalgia.

Currently no branch of the health care profession specializes in the treatment of soft tissue related disorders.  There is no name for a doctor specializing in the treatment of muscle related and soft tissue injury…until the development of A.R.T. method of soft tissue injury management.  This specialty goes hand in hand with the type of chiropractic training that Dr. Aiello has received.  She uses chiropractic and A.R.T. therapy in combination to treat many disorders of the musculoskeletal system.

Most patients’ conditions will respond to A.R.T. therapy soon after treatment begins – even the first visit.  Incredible when you consider that most people with this type of injury can go an entire lifetime without relief.

 

Improve Your Golf Game and Save Your Back

Golf and Back PainMany avid golfers contort their bodies into oddly twisted postures, generating a great deal of torque.  Couple this with a bent-over stance, repeat 120 times over three or four hours, add the fatigue that comes with several miles of walking, and you’ve got a good workout and a recipe for potential lower-back trouble.

As America’s love affair with the game continues to grow, the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) has advice on how to take a proactive approach that will prepare your body for  many years of pain-free play.

If you take the chiropractic approach, you’re in good company:

1.  Purchase equipment that fits.  Don’t try to adapt your swing to the wrong clubs.  A six-footer playing with irons designed for someone five inches shorter is begging for back trouble.

2. For the women in golf:  If you have ‘inherited’ your husband’s or significant other’s golf clubs, they might be difficult for you to use.  Not only are the clubs often too long, but the shaft is often not flexible enough for a women’s grip.  Women typically play better with clubs that are composed of lighter, more flexible material, such as graphite.

3. For the men in golf: Read More→

Top 7 Chiropractic Tips for Pregnant Women

Pregnant Women and ChiropracticStudies have ound that about half of all expectant mothers develop low-back pain at some point during their pregnancies.  This is especially true during the third trimester when the baby’s body gains the most weight.

Chiropractic care throughout pregnancy can relieve and even prevent the pain and discomfort frequently experienced in pregnancy, and creates an environment for an easier, safer delivery.  It is one safe and effective way to help the spine and pelvis cope with the rapid increase in physical stress by restoring a state of balance.  In fact, most women have found the chiropractic care helped them avoid the use of pain medicatioins during pregnancy, and studies have shown that chiropractic adjustments help to reduce time in labor.

Dr. Aiello can provide adjustments, as well as offer nutritional, ergonomic and exercise advice to help address your special needs.  Follow these 7 tips: Read More→