the ART & MRT?
Release Therapy 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
conditions (pulls, tears, collisions, etc),
of small tears (micro-trauma)
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 a cookie-cutter approach.
Dr. Stana Djurdjevic & Associates
treat patients' symptoms that are related to changes in
their soft tissue that could be felt by hand. By observing
how muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments and nerves respond
to different types of work, Dr. Stana Djurdjevic &
Associates are able to resolve many patients' physical
Myofascial Release Therapy is
a very effective hands-on technique that provides sustained
pressure into myofascial restrictions to eliminate pain
and restore motion. The theory of Myofascial Release requires
an understanding of the fascial system (or connective
tissue). The fascia is a specialized system of the body
that has an appearance similar to a spider's web or a
Fascia is very densely woven, covering and interpenetrating
every muscle, bone, nerve, artery and vein as well as
all of our internal organs including the heart, lungs,
brain and spinal cord. The most interesting aspect of
the fascial system is that it is not just a system of
separate coverings. It is actually one structure that
exists from head to foot without interruption. In this
way you can begin to see that each part of the entire
body is connected to every other part by the fascia, like
the yarn in a sweater.
Fascia also plays an important role in the support of
our bodies, since it surrounds and attaches to all structures.
These structures would not be able to provide the stability
without the constant pull of the fascial system. In fact,
our bones can be thought of as tent poles, which cannot
support the structure without the constant support of
the guide wires (or fascia) to keep an adequate amount
of tension to allow the tent (or body) to remain upright
with proper equilibrium.
In the normal healthy state, the fascia is relaxed and
wavy in configuration. It has the ability to stretch and
move without restriction. When we experience physical
trauma, scarring, or inflammation, however, the fascia
loses its pliability. It becomes tight, restricted and
a source of tension to the rest of the body. Trauma, such
as a fall, whiplash, surgery or just habitual poor posture
over time and repetitive stress injuries has a cumulative
effects. The changes they cause in the fascial system
influence comfort and the functioning of our body. The
fascia can exert excessive pressure producing pain or
restriction of motion. They affect our flexibility and
stability, and are a determining factor in our ability
to withstand stress and strain.
The use of Myofascial Release allows us to look at each
patient as a unique individual. Our one-on-one therapy
sessions are hands-on treatments during which our therapists
use a multitude of Myofascial Release techniques and movement
therapies. We promote independence through education in
proper body mechanics and movement, through the enhancement
of strength, flexibility, and postural and movement awareness.