Active Release Technique (A.R.T.)
ART is a patented and dynamic, soft tissue system that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. Headaches, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, shin splints, shoulder pain, sciatica, plantar fasciitis, knee problems, and tennis elbow are just a few of the many conditions that can be resolved with ART. These conditions all have one important thing in common: they often result from injury to over-used muscles.
Soft Tissue Injuries Occur By:
- Acute injuries (tears, trauma, pulls, etc)
- Accumulation of micro tears
- Not getting enough blood supply and oxygen (hypoxia)
Each of these factors can cause your body to produce tough, dense scar tissue in the affected area. This scar tissue binds up and ties down tissues that need to move freely. As scar tissue builds up, muscles become shorter and weaker, tension and tendons cause tendonosis, and nerves become pinched. This can cause reduced range of motion, loss of strength, and pain. If a nerve is trapped you may also feel tingling, numbness, and weakness.
Graston Technique ® *Instrument assisted
The Graston Technique incorporates a patented form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization that enables clinicians to detect and treat scar tissue and restrictions that affect normal function.
Soft tissue changes include:
- Separates and breaks down collagen cross-links, stretches connective tissue and muscle fibres
- Increases skin temperature facilitates reflex changes in the chronic muscle holding pattern
- Alters spinal reflux activity (facilitated segment)
- Increases the rate and amount of blood flow to and from the area
What is low-intensity laser therapy?Low Intensity Laser Therapy is a highly effective, non-toxic and non-invasive therapy that uses light energy from superluminous and laser diodes. The light particles are absorbed by cells in your body where the light energy turns into biochemical energy. This energy helps the body’s cells work faster in order to repair and regenerate itself. The therapeutic light beam safely penetrates deep into tissues. Symptoms disappear and normal cell function is restored.
What are the effects of laser therapy?
- Increases ATP levels which increases cell energy
- Modulates white blood cells to improve immune function
- Helps DNA production and cell division to speed up healing
- Promotes collagen synthesis to strengthen muscles, tendons, and ligaments
- Drains lymph to reduce swelling
- Promotes creation of new blood vessels which improves circulation
- Reduces inflammation to speed up recovery
- Reduces formation of fibrous tissue and scar tissue
What are the side effects of laser therapy?
Laser therapy is non-toxic and non-invasive. No significant side effects have been noted in over 1 million individual treatments.
Is low-intensity laser therapy for you?
Laser therapy has been proven to treat musculoskeletal injuries, chronic and degenerative conditions, dermatological problems, and open wounds.
- Tendonitis / Arthritis
- Spinal stenosis /Sciatica
- Rotator cuff tears
- Neck pain / TM.1 dysfunction – Neuropathies
- Plantar fasciitis
- Bulging and herniated discs
- Fractures and soft tissue injuries
- Ligament and tendon tears – Repetitive stress injuries
- Dermatological problems
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Calcifications – Fibromyalgia – Gout
- Contusions / Bruises
- Golfer’s and Tennis Elbow
What are the Clinical Benefits of Laser Therapy?
- Highly effective for many diseases and conditions
- Eliminates pain
- Reduces the need for pharmaceuticals
- Restores normal range of motion and physical function
- Easily applied
- Non-invasive – does not cut tissue
- No known adverse effects
- No drug interactions
- Often makes surgical interventions unnecessary
- Provides a treatment alternative for patients that have not responded to other therapies
Regenerative Injection Therapy (Prolotherapy)
Prolotherapy or Regenerative Injection Therapy (RIT) is a simple and natural nonsurgical technique that relieves acute and chronic pain by promoting the body to repair damaged or weakened joints, ligaments and tendons. A small injection of dextrose (aka sugar water) and mild anesthetic is injected where the stresses to the ligaments or tendons are the greatest – where they attach to bone. This is the weakest and most likely area of injury and pain. Locating and treating this point with Prolotherapy is our focus. Prolotherapy is a safe and very effective modern injection technique used to treat a variety of conditions from rotator cuff tears, tennis elbow, knee ligament tears, ankle sprains, plantar fasciitis and many more.
Plasma Rich Platelets is another injection technique using the patients own blood components to induce a magnified healing response instead of dextrose. Platelets not only help stop the bleeding when someone cuts themselves, they also signal the body to recruit it’s own stem cells to repaired the site of injury. While used to a treat a variety of injuries, it is often chosen for osteoarthritis conditions, and those stubborn chronic injuries that just won’t go away.
Vitamin Injection Therapy
When the body lacks the ability to efficiently absorb nutrients due to chronic stress, food allergies, inflammatory bowel disease etc., or the demand for nutrients increases as seen with many athletes, vitamin injection therapies can usually help. Bypassing the digestive system allows a greater concentration of nutrients readily available in the blood stream at therapeutic levels
Team Support and Educational Talks
Dr. Vinge is available to support your team, organization, or association. He has training in sports-medicine emergency and performance enhancing therapies. In addition, he is available to give educational talks on a multitude of topics including; prevention of running injuries, workplace ergonomics/lifting safety, proper walking/running gait, nutritional supplementation, and many more.