Thursday, February 7, 2008


OK- I saw my number one sports therapist today. Dr. Hal Rosenberg of the Chiro-Medical Group evaluated my RR100 issues.

He comfirmed that most of it was piriformis and some joint issues. He put me through a bunch of ART therapy. For those not familiar with ART, this is the excerpt from ChiroMedical's website:

Active Release Technique (ART)

ART is a soft tissue system of movement based massage techniques and myofascial release 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 a cookie-cutter approach.

Hal's finger and stretches tore into my muscles and joints. To quote John Mellencamp - it hurt so good. He gave me some stretching and foam roller exercises. I will be back. BTW: he mentioned a new hypoxic therapy that his office provides to help prepare for high altitiude events. I may check these out.

For those interested in Chiro-Medical's treatments, here is the info:

Hal Rosenberg, DC, QME, CCSP
246 First Street, #101
San Francisco, CA 94105
website: ChiroMedicalGroup
No- I get no kickbacks :)

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