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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→

Inversion Therapy

A spinal disc lies between each set of vertebrae and is similar to a sponge. As such, it depends on your body movement to squeeze nutrient-rich fluid in and out of its structure. When discs are damaged by trauma, disease or other causes, that necessary motion can be reduced. Just as a sponge would, the disc may lose hydration and shrink a bit, bringing the bones closer together. This narrowing speeds the natural degeneration of aging and often results in back pain, stiffness and inflexibility.

Inversion therapy essentially refers to the therapeutic use of remaining upside down in order to relieve back pain. There are several different ways to do this including gravity boots and inversion tables. The use of inversion therapy undoubtedly help relieve back pain. Read More→

Lower Back Exercises Designed to Strengthen Your Lower Back

These exercises are designed to strengthen your lower back and should only be performed under the recommendation and supervision of a licensed chiropractor.

Do each exercise 5 times, twice daily.

1. Lie flat on the floor in a relaxed position.  Bring your right knee toward your chest, clasping your hands around the knee.  Pull your right knee toward your chest firmly and, at the same time, forcefully straighten the left leg.  Hold for 3-5 seconds. Relax tension.  Do 5 times.  Repeat same procedure with opposite leg. Repeat 5 times or as recommended. Read More→

Golfer’s Elbow

Golfer’s Elbow is a condition that falls under the category of a Cumulative Trauma Disorder.  Although the pain associated with this condition comes from inflammation, the souce of the inflammation must be treated in order to have a full recovery.

The most common cause of Golfer’s Elbow is chronic muscular contraction which is brought on by overuse.  The constant “tugging” on the tendons can reduce the already poor circulation to the tendons.  The tendons then become inflamed and, eventually, scar tissue forms reducing flexibility and strength in the soft tissues.

The only effective way to recover from a problem related to tendonitis is to address the source of the strain.  Chiropractic adjustments are used to correct any mechanical problems that may be associated with the joints of the wrist, elbow, or shoulder.  Reduction of the chronic muscle tightness and spasm is achieved with a muscle therapy technique know as ACTIVE RELEASERead More→

Neck Exercises Designed to Strenghten Your Neck

These exercises are designed to strengthen your neck and should only be performed under the recommendation and supervision of a licensed chiropractor.

Do each exercise 5 times, twice daily.

1.  Tilt head forward and backward as far as possible.

2.  Tilt head toward shoulder keeping shoulder stationary.

3. Turn head from side to side as far as possible. Read More→

Flexibility Significantly Impacts your Golf Game

To hit longer and more powerful golf shots you must be willing to improve your posture and flexibilty

Myth:  Golf is a game of technical skill rather than an athletic event.
Truth:
  Golfers achieve about 90% of their muscular activity when driving a golf ball. This is the same intensity as picking up a weight that can only be lifted four times before becoming tired.

Myth:  Pain related to golfing is due solely to a poor swing.
Truth:
  Approximately 30% of professional golfers play injured each week.

The Problem:  Common everyday activities like working on computers or commuting long distances tend to contribute to a lack of flexibility that many golfers experience. Read More→

Cold and Heat Instructions to Relieve Pain or Speed Injury Recovery

Use these instructions for applying cold and heat to relieve pain and speed recovery from injury.

COLD
Use cold packs 15-20 minutes to affected area at least 3 times per day.

  • Always use cold at the first onset of pain, stiffness, soreness and after an injury for the first 72 hours unless directed otherwise by Dr. Aiello.  Do not use heat during this time.
  • Cold packs can be made by putting crushed ice in a plastic bag. Wrap a damp cloth or towel around the bag and place on your skin.  (do not put ice directly on skin.)
  • Normally when using cold packs you will go through stages of sensation from cold to burning to aching, then numbness. Read More→

The Right Moves Can Add “Years” to Your Spine

Correct body movements and positions can help solve the process of degeneration and protect your back for life.  Every time you lie down, stand, sit, or bend, keep your spine in mind.  Dr. Aiello may recommend the following “right moves” or may have other recommendations for you. After a while, protecting your back will become second nature to you:

  • Cold and Heat Instructions
  • Neck Exercises
  • Lower Back Exercises
  • Effectives of Spinal Misalignments