What Does Dave Do?
Dave practices a sophisticated but simple system. This system addresses the moving parts such as fascia, muscle, ligament, nerve and joint capsules. I use my hands to determine if moving parts do not move correctly when adhesions or scarring form as we move through our lives as domesticated humans. Once a problem site has been identified, I use the appropriate protocol for reestablishing the movement of tissues.
I utilize a system that ranks and documents movement patterns that are key to normal function. This informs us of required adjustments in your fitness or training program to help meet your goals.
Where are you located?
KPMT is next to the Old Kaladi Coffee on Kobuk
315 S Kobuk St. Suite B
Soldotna, AK 99669
What does an Appointment Cost?
Standard Office Visit ($65.00)
30 minute office visit is most common. We get a lot done in a short amount of time.
Extended Office Visit ($125)
The extended office visit length is ideal but not required for a first visit. This office visit is best for a combination of soft tissue treatment, Functional Movement Screen and movement training.
Why Make an Appointment?
1. A skilled provider can detect tissue problems that cannot be detected with conventional medical and orthopeadic testing.
2. To bring permanent resolution to conditions that have been considered untreatable.
3. Your brain is smarter than you. You don’t often realize that your compensating for lost movement. Discover how you feel when your tissue movement is restored.
What patients are best served by Active Release Techniques®?
•Any athlete that has plateued or has decreased performance.
•Anyone suspected of a soft tissue injury that responds poorly or slowly to conventional treatment.
• Someone that has responded to conventional treatment but has plateaued before complete resolution.
• Symptoms of pain, numbness, tingling, aching, burning, pulling, and decreased range of motion.
• When all conventional tests (MRI, CT, EMG, blood work) are negative, yet the symptoms persist. There are no technological tests for soft tissue problems. Usually, they are best well determined by palpation for altered tissue texture, tension, and movement.
What is the process of an A.R.T. Session?
1 Listen carefully and understand your condition and goals
2 Movment and palpation assessment to identify tissue texture and tension. (You can’t treat what you can’t feel.)
3 Targeted treatment with specific protocols
4 Test function for immediate Results
5 Repeat as necessary
Repetitive Strain Injury
A repetitive strain injury is a soft-tissue injury in which muscles, nerves, ligaments, fascia or tendons become irritated and inflamed, usually as a result of cumulative trauma and overuse.
Unlike strains and sprains, which usually result from a single incident (called acute trauma), a repetative strain injury develops slowly over time.Other names for these injuries include:
- Cumulative Trauma Disorder (CTD).
- Repetitive Motion Injury (RMI)
- Occupational Overuse Syndrome (OOS)
How RSIs Show Themselves
Repetitive strain injuries manifest as a broad range of symptoms and conditions. Acute injury and inflammation can result from one ore more of the following factors even without any external forces being applied:
Friction, Pressure, or Tension – Causes and increase in internal pressures and affects already weakened and tight tissues.
Weak and Tight Tissues – Repetitive effort tends to make muscles tighten. A tight muscle tends to weaken; a weak muscle tends to tighten. And on it goes.
Decreased Circulation and Increased Edema – Applies increased forces and pressure upon tissues that are already suffering from decreased circulation. Edema results when pressure is applied over one of the vulnerable, low-pressure lymphatic channels.
External Forces – Constant pressure or tension injury can also act to decrease circulation and cause further edema.
Adhesion and Fibrosis – Adhesions and fibers are laid down as a result of acute injury, repetitive motion, and constant pressure or tension on soft-tissues.
Celluar hypoxia– Describes a lack of oxygen to soft-tissues that occur whenever there is restricted circulation. Hypoxia causes fibrosis and results in the formation of adhesions between tissues.
You Deserve a Thoughtful, Comfortable and Productive Experience.
What do I wear?
Loose fitting clothing or athletic wear is recommended for your ART treatment.
How does it feel to receive ART?
It is important that the hands of the therapists and the body are in agreement! ART treatments should be a positive therapeutic experience. If there is a a level of pain it is often described as a “feel good” hurt. The gritting teeth pain experienced in some soft tissue techniques is often unproductive or counterproductive.
What should I tell Dave?
Your goals are precious to you. Do you want to solve a painful problem? Do you want to move better? Do you want better performance in a sport? Be prepared to describe movements,activities or postures that aggravate your condition.
What is the Session Like?
Your first appointment will be a combination of assessment and treatment. After receiving a thorough history, as a NSCA certified personal trainer Dave assesses your function, strength and joint range of motion. As a soft tissue specialist, Dave evaluates 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. A movement or fitness program may be designed to achieve your personal goals.
Active Release Techniques is a patented therapeutic massage technique. The sessions are different than traditional massage therapy or rolfing sessions.
What Results Should I expect?
Results should be obvious, immediate and sustaining with each treatment.Specific benchmarks of movement or daily activity are identified to ensure positive results are obvious.
How Many Treatments will it Take?
“It depends” is the best answer. Some cases are resolved in minutes and some may take up to six visits. Often cases are resolved in 2 to 4 visits.
Physicians can expect detailed reports of their patients progress.
Why is this Treatment Different than all the Other Techniques?
ART is redefining manual therapy in physical medicine. ART® is a true hands-on treatment and requires a great deal of tactile sensitivity in order to locate, treat and finally feel the release of soft tissue restrictions and nerve impingement. During an ART® treatment, the practitioner must literally feel soft tissue structures very precisely as they translate and glide over each other. ART® uses very specific treatment protocols which are varied case by case to address a patients condition appropriately. ART® is not a cookie-cutter approach.
•Treatment is very specific to muscle, nerve, ligaments according to your presented case.
•There are over 500 protocols considered for your treatment.
•Results are tested and retested.
•Typical cases are closed with 2-6 treatments.
ART® is not traditional massage therapy. ART® is not rolfing. ART® is not physiotherapy. ART® is not chiropractic care. ART® is not surgery. ART® is not like other soft-tissue or myofascial techniques.