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What is A.R.T.?

At our office, A.R.T. plays a major role in how we treat patients. It’s an amazing, soft-tissue therapy (treating muscles) that tends to get results quickly with a vast majority of our patients. Dr. Shepard uses A.R.T. more often than any other treatment method, including chiropractic adjustments. 5 reasons why we love this innovative, soft-tissue therapy: Each A.R.T. session is both an examination and treatment in one. So the patient is constantly being re-evaluated to best meet his/her needs and to get the best results. There are over 500 different protocols for A.R.T. Which means there is no cookie cutter approach to treating a patient. And it also means that there are numerous protocols Dr. Shepard can utilize on each patient in order to get the most effective results. A.R.T. is an evidence based treatment. It has been researched and proven to be highly effective. We have seen results in many different types of patients – people suffering from pain, people with a lack of motion, and also athletes who are looking to improve their athletic performance. It has worked for many different types of conditions. We have seen results in people suffering from lower back pain, plantar fasciitis, TMJ, and many others. For the best description of A.R.T. I went to the best source = the official A.R.T. website: What is Active Release Techniques (ART) to Individuals, Athletes, and Patients? ART is a patented, state of the art soft tissue system/movement based massage technique 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 quickly and permanently with ART. These conditions all have one important thing in common: they are often a result of overused muscles. How do overuse conditions occur? Over-used muscles (and other soft tissues) change in three important ways: acute conditions (pulls, tears, collisions, etc), accumulation of small tears (micro-trauma) not getting enough 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 on tendons causes tendonitis, and nerves can become trapped. 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. What is an ART treatment like? Every ART session is actually a combination of examination and treatment. The ART provider uses his or her hands to evaluate the texture, tightness and movement of muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments and nerves. Abnormal tissues are treated by combining precisely directed tension with very specific patient movements. These treatment protocols – over 500 specific moves – are unique to ART. They allow providers to identify and correct the specific problems that are affecting each individual patient. ART is not […]

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Evidence-Based Treatment?

At Shepard Pain and Performance Care, we use evidence-based treatment methods. That means our treatment methods have been researched and there is significant evidence showing they are effective. We use “consistent scientific evidence showing that [our treatments] improve client outcomes” (Drake et al., 2001, p. 180). More specifically to me (Dr. Shepard) evidence-based means an approach, framework, collection of ideas or concepts, adopted principles and strategies supported by research to serve patients with complex problems. Why do we only use evidence-based treatment? Because we want you to see results. Because we want you to be able to reach your treatment goals. It is a core value of our clinic, starting from brick one. Everyone deserves an approach that finds and treats the root cause of the problem. We aren’t interested in using a cookie cutter approach, treating every patient the same way. Each problem is different. Each person is different. Every treatment plan needs to be customized to that individual and to that problem. And all the treatment methods used should have research backing up their effectiveness. Wouldn’t you like to know that your physician is using methods proven by non-biased research? If you’re curious about our evidence-based therapies, please stop by our office. We’d be happy to answer any of your questions. Contact Dr Shepard | Read Reviews From Other Patients | Shepard Pain & Performance Care on Matthew J. Shepard, DC Shepard Pain and Performance Care 2309 E. Empire Street Ste 400 Bloomington,IL,61704 309-585-0382

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Shepard Pain and Performance Care
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On-site Active Release Treatment for Companies

Dr. Shepard provides on-site active release treatments for Bloomington IL and surrounding area companies. If you are a manager or owner of a company looking to decrease your recordable number of workers compensation claims. Contact Dr. Shepard today!

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