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  • Structure vs. Function

    Bryan Clay (Gold Medal 2008 Olympics) is relatively small for a decathlete standing at 5’11” and weighing 175 pounds. However, he uses his phenominal speed and power, as well as his compact frame, as a competitive advantage over his stature. For this reason, Clay excels in the sprinting and throwing events. “When you have a guy like me (Bryan Clay) who is a little more explosive, you can master the throwing events. It’s not necessarily size that matters, it’s how fast you move that implement”. Less than ideal structure, ideal function.

    Everyone is built different, we see it everyday. Some people are tall, some are short. Gymnasts can do back-flips on balance beams, while others are lucky to make it out the front door still standing. So what differentiates the two? They have the same nervous system, musculoskeletal system, and cardiovascular system…right? Structurally yes, but that isn’t the whole story. Functionally the gymnast is far superior. The concept of function being more important than structure is the key to why we successfully treat injuries from head to toe.

    We understand that some people may not have an structure, they may have a malformed vertebrae, or maybe one leg that is shorter than the other. These may factor into how their body functions, but it is not the determining factor on how they live their lives!

    It is very difficult to change structure, but you can change function in a matter of minutes. In fact, we do it everyday. Can you touch your toes? If the answer is no, ask us about it. We can probably get you there, or pretty darn close in one appointment.

    It is one of our missions to let our patients (and their family and friends) know that people don’t have to live with problems that are believed to come from the way they are built. We won’t be able to lengthen someone’s leg physically, but we can give you the function you need to live your life the way YOU want to live it!

  • Muscles get injured more than you think…

    You injure your muscles everyday. Whether you workout, slouch on the couch, or spend an hour typing a day, your muscles get injured. In most cases what results is tiny micro tears, in major injuries, larger fiber tears can occur. What the body does now is crucial. It can either repair it correctly if they are minor tears and it has the right opportunity, or it lays down scar tissue in order to bridge the gap that has been torn. This scar tissue is good at holding things together, but it is not good at stretching. Picture going bungee jumping with a rope, it doesn’t stretch well, and the end would hurt! When a muscle wants to lengthen, but parts of it can’t, those parts of the muscle feel tight and hurt when you stretch! Additionally, the same thing happens to the joints when a muscle that moves that joint is injured. The muscle is unable to lengthen, the joint gets pinched, and you will have pain! Unfortunately, many times you can’t focus stretch on that scar tissue and therefore you will not be able to completely rid yourself of pain.

    This type of injury is what ART was created to fix and why we spent a lot of time and training to become certified. We strongly believe this is the best option for musculoskeletal pain relief and would be glad to show you why!

    Common scar tissue caused pain: headaches, tight shoulders, numbness and tingling in the hands and feet, carpal tunnel, low back pain, sciatica/piriformis syndrome, compartment syndrome, shin splints, plantar fasciitis.