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What makes Connaughty Chiropractic Center special?

  • Leading the way in the Most Recent Advances in Chiropractic Care
  • 3 Certified ART (Active Release Techniques) Providers
  • Professionals with Genuine Concern for their Patients
  • Great support staff to guide you towards your Best Health
  • Doctors continually educate you as to how to take care of your Health
  • On site X-Ray equipment

How do we use Chiropractic Care & Active Release Techniques® together?

We believe in motion!

Motion is needed in all joints of the body.

We know joint motion can only be preserved and/ or restored by addressing ALL aspects of the joint.

  • Passive Structures (bones/ligaments)
  • Active Structures (muscles/tendons/fascia)
  • Joint Strength

By using Chiropractic Care and Active Release Techniques® we are able to reach our clients’ goals.

Should I bring my own X-Rays or will I need to go another facility to have them taken?

We have on site x-ray equipment. Your specific condition may require us to take x-rays to get a full understanding of your problem. X-rays help us rule out more serious conditions and assist us in developing the most effective treatment plan for you. Most people are amazed once they view their x-rays and can often immediately identify their subluxations and degeneration themselves.

How is this different than traditional Chiropractic Care?

We can’t speak for all Chiropractors, but many base the use of chiropractic adjustments on spinal alignment and restoring function to the nervous system. Other Chiropractors focus the efforts of their treatment within the region of the neck or sacrum exclusively. We believe in a different approach…
We focus our efforts on addressing motion in the soft tissues (muscles, ligaments, tendons, fascia, peripheral nerve, etc) in addition to restoring motion in the joints with chiropractic adjustments or mobilizations. It’s just a different approach.

If you have not found success in a relatively short amount of time from your problem, try something new!

What is Chiropractic Care?

According to The Association of Chiropractic Colleges, “Chiropractic is a health care discipline which emphasizes the inherent recuperative power of the body to heal itself without the use of drugs or surgery. The practice of chiropractic focuses on the relationship between structure (primarily the spine) and function (as coordinated by the nervous system) and how that relationship affects the preservation and restoration of health.”

But as you will find out in real life, chiropractic care is different for different chiropractors. Chiropractic care to some is strictly adjusting the spine and to others it is using a combination of physio therapies with chiropractic adjustments.

What is Chiropractic Care to us? We prefer to apply adjustments only when necessary and use a combination of specific muscle work (Active Release®), exercises and taping. We cater our treatment to what is BEST for YOUR specific condition.

Here is a partial list of conditions that Connaughty Chiropractic Center has had excellent results with:

  • Arthritis
  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Ankle injuries
  • Back pain/injuries
  • Bicipital tendonitis
  • Bunions
  • Bursitis
  • Bulging Disc
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cervicobrachial Syndrome
  • Compartment Syndrome
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Cumulative Trauma injuries
  • De Quervains’s Tenosynovitis
  • Dupuytren’s Contracture
  • Disc Herniation
  • Foot pain/injury
  • Finger Injuries
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Golfers elbow Tendonitis
  • Gait imbalances
  • Hammer toes
  • Hand injuries
  • Headaches
  • Heel Spurs
  • Hip pain
  • Ilio Tibial (IT) Band syndrome
  • Impingement (Shoulder)
  • Joint dysfunctions
  • Knee Meniscus injuries
  • Knee pain
  • Lateral Epicondylitis
  • Medial Epicondylitis
  • Muscle weakness
  • Muscle pulls or strains
  • Myofascitis
  • Neck pain
  • Nerve Entrapment
  • Patellar Tendonitis
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Post surgical treatment
  • Repetitive strain injuries
  • Restless Leg Syndrome
  • Rib pain
  • Rotator Cuff Syndrome
  • Scar tissue formation
  • Sciatica
  • Shin splints
  • Shoulder pain
  • Swimmers shoulder
  • Tendonitis
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
  • Throwing injuries
  • TMJ
  • Torticollis
  • Weight lifting injuries
  • Whiplash
  • Wrist injuries

What to expect during ART treatment at Connaughty Chiropractic Center

When receiving care at our facility, patients should expect a hands-on experience. Our ART® Chiropractors and massage therapist are specially trained to feel muscular tension and scar tissue, which they correct by applying a generous amount of tension in combination with a specific movement of the patient’s body. Scar tissue is the main cause of pain in the majority of the injuries we see. Each session of ART® consists of a mini re-evaluation of the symptoms as well as treatment.

As stated before, ART® Chiropractors can feel abnormal texture within the soft tissues and can effectively treat it with a specific ART® protocol. These protocols are unique only to ART®. This treatment process takes about 30 minutes (give or take depending on the condition) and it is usually followed with another therapy modality or movement re-educating exercises targeted at keeping results longer. Many different types of injuries can be resolved after about 8-10 treatments.

Although many patients may feel great at this point in their treatment, we strongly encourage them to continue with their rehabilitation and strengthening programs designed here at Connaughty Chiropractic Center. Strength training is what will keep the long-term results from the treatment. We feel strength training and taping is a great compliment to Active Release Techniques®.

Simply put, ART® prepares the muscles for safe and effective strengthening.

Is there any recent research on Chiropractic Care?

In fact, many studies have been performed on chiropractic care and nearly every study has concluded that chiropractic is a safe and effective treatment for musculoskeletal problems. Here are just a few captions from different research articles commenting on different aspects of chiropractic care. The American Chiropractic Association has collected these examples, in an effort to educate patients about chiropractic and this list is also on their website.

Chiropractic Care for Acute and Chronic Pain

“Patients with chronic low-back pain treated by chiropractors showed greater improvement and satisfaction at one month than patients treated by family physicians. Satisfaction scores were higher for chiropractic patients. A higher proportion of chiropractic patients (56 percent vs. 13 percent) reported that their low-back pain was better or much better, whereas nearly one-third of medical patients reported their low-back pain was worse or much worse.”

– Nyiendo et al (2000), Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics

In a Randomized controlled trial, 183 patients with neck pain were randomly allocated to manual therapy (spinal mobilization), physiotherapy (mainly exercise) or general practitioner care (counseling, education and drugs) in a 52-week study. The clinical outcomes measures showed that manual therapy resulted in faster recovery than physiotherapy and general practitioner care. Moreover, total costs of the manual therapy-treated patients were about one-third of the costs of physiotherapy or general practitioner care.

– Korthals-de Bos et al (2003), British Medical Journal

Chiropractic Care in Comparison to Other Treatment Alternatives

“Acute and chronic chiropractic patients experienced better outcomes in pain, functional disability, and patient satisfaction; clinically important differences in pain and disability improvement were found for chronic patients.”

– Haas et al (2005), Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics “

In our randomized, controlled trial, we compared the effectiveness of manual therapy, physical therapy, and continued care by a general practitioner in patients with nonspecific neck pain. The success rate at seven weeks was twice as high for the manual therapy group (68.3 percent) as for the continued care group (general practitioner). Manual therapy scored better than physical therapy on all outcome measures. Patients receiving manual therapy had fewer absences from work than patients receiving physical therapy or continued care, and manual therapy and physical therapy each resulted in statistically significant less analgesic use than continued care.”

– Hoving et al (2002), Annals of Internal Medicine

Chiropractic Care for Headaches

“Cervical spine manipulation was associated with significant improvement in headache outcomes in trials involving patients with neck pain and/or neck dysfunction and headache.”

– Duke Evidence Report, McCrory, Penzlen, Hasselblad, Gray (2001)

“The results of this study show that spinal manipulative therapy is an effective treatment for tension headaches. . . Four weeks after cessation of treatment . . . the patients who received spinal manipulative therapy experienced a sustained therapeutic benefit in all major outcomes in contrast to the patients that received amitriptyline therapy, who reverted to baseline values.” ‘

– Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, Boline et al. (1995)

Cost Effectiveness of Chiropractic Care

“Chiropractic care appeared relatively cost-effective for the treatment of chronic low-back pain. Chiropractic and medical care performed comparably for acute patients. Practice-based clinical outcomes were consistent with systematic reviews of spinal manipulative efficacy: manipulation-based therapy is at least as good as and, in some cases, better than other therapeusis.”

– Haas et al (2005), Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics

Patient Satisfaction of Chiropractic Care

“Chiropractic patients were found to be more satisfied with their back care providers after four weeks of treatment than were medical patients. Results from observational studies suggested that back pain patients are more satisfied with chiropractic care than with medical care. Additionally, studies conclude that patients are more satisfied with chiropractic care than they were with physical therapy after six weeks.”

– Hertzman-Miller et al (2002), American Journal of Public Health

Popularity of Chiropractic Care

“Chiropractic is the largest, most regulated, and best recognized of the complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) professions. CAM patient surveys show that chiropractors are used more often than any other alternative provider group and patient satisfaction with chiropractic care is very high. There is steadily increasing patient use of chiropractic in the United States, which has tripled in the past two decades.”

– Meeker, Haldeman (2002), Annals of Internal Medicine

Reference: 1. ” Chiropractic Research .” Patients. American Chiropractic Association. 25 Jun 2008.

What is Active Release Techniques®?

What is considered a soft tissue injury?
What is a peripheral nerve entrapment?
Who uses Active Release Techniques®?
What does Active Release Techniques® feel like?
The History of Active Release Techniques®

Active Release Techniques® (ART®) is a patented, soft tissue system that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia, and nerves. It is the most advanced and specific form of treatment for most forms of soft tissue injuries. In fact, a full body certified Active Release provider must learn unique protocols for over 300 different muscles, ligaments, and tendons. Active Release Techniques® also holds the “miracle cure” for peripheral nerve entrapments by utilizing the Long Tract Nerve Entrapment Protocols. In recent years, Active Release Techniques® has become the “Gold Standard” for soft tissue treatments and for that reason it has become the “treatment of choice” for world-class athletes from around the world. The success of the treatment speaks for itself. In the patent document, it states an “expert medical practitioner” who diagnosed soft tissue adhesions (scar tissue) in 447 of his patient found 418 of them (93.5%) had significant improvement from symptoms of numbness, tingling, burning, weakness, or restricted motion within an average of 6.2 office visits.

Active Release Techniques® is also an effective tool in treatment of soft tissue injuries suffered by non-athletes; many times yielding dramatic results within a short duration of treatment. Sometimes complete resolution can be found in as few as 4-6 sessions. ART® works primarily to eliminate scar tissue build-up from within soft tissue structures. For example, with overuse injuries, although there is no single noticeable event that causes a muscles tear, small tears occur over the course of a long period of time. The body naturally heals these tears by using fibrous scar tissue. The problem with scar tissue is that when it is used by the body it is laid down in an unorganized, haphazard fashion, causing various adjacent structures to stick together. Active Release Techniques® has proven itself to be efficient at “unsticking” these muscles and releasing scar tissue. For this reason, many ART® providers can claim success rates upward to 90% in patients who have not found success from any other therapies, such as physical therapy, chiropractic, strength training, and stretching. All of these types of therapies are excellent in combination with Active Release Techniques®, but in some cases when used on their own only provided limited pain relief.  Here’s why.

Consider a paint brush as an example. A normal muscle and its fibers should be able to move independently of the other soft tissue structures surrounding it. When paint is left on the brush overnight, all of the fibers tend to stick together. Soft tissue adhesions or fibrosis are essentially this: when muscle fibers stick to each other and other structures around it (other muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves etc.). Muscles cannot and will not function properly in this state and pain is one of the symptoms people may experience when enough build-up has accumulated. The fact is, stretching will never release the scar tissue, which is several times stronger than normal tissue. Stretching and other types of non-operative treatment become successful after the scar tissue is released with Active Release Techniques®.

Almost all injuries are primarily soft tissue in origin, with a bony component that follows. Here is a condensed list of some of the more common injuries which can successfully be treated with Active Release Techniques®: Achilles Tendonitis, Ankle Injuries, Back Pain, Compartment Syndrome, De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis, Foot Pain, Plantar Fasciitis, Frozen Shoulder (Adhesive Capsulitis), Golfer’s Elbow, Tennis Elbow, Hand Injuries, Headaches, Hip Pain, Iliotibial Band Syndrome (IT Band Syndrome), Knee Pain, Leg Injuries, Neck Pain, Repetitive Strain Injuries (Cumulative Trauma Disorders), Rotator Cuff Syndrome, Running Injuries, Shin Splints, Shoulder Pain, Tendonitis, Throwing Injuries, TMJ, Whiplash and Wrist Injuries

A peripheral nerve entrapment is a nerve that is stuck within soft tissue outside the central nervous system (i.e.: the brain and spinal cord). Many times a peripheral nerve entrapment is misdiagnosed as something more severe, such as a disc herniation, however frequently this is not the primary cause. Many times the ART Long Tract Nerve Entrapment Protocols will resolve conditions with a “walk-in diagnosis” such as: Disc Herniations, Sciatica, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, Cervical Brachial Syndrome, Radial Nerve Entrapments (Radial Tunnel Syndrome), Ulnar Nerve Entrapments (Handle Bar Palsy), Grip Weakness, and Femoral Nerve Entrapments. This list can go on and on but the common symptoms that present in peripheral nerve entrapments are: shooting pain, numbing, tingling, and loss of strength. Although many of these conditions can be resolved with Active Release Techniques®, there is a slight possibility there is a serious underlying cause.

Many people have come to know the effectiveness of Active Release Techniques®, including a number of famous people and sports teams: Actor Danny Glover, Gary Roberts (NHL Forward, North Carolina Hurricanes), Milos Sarcev (Mr. Universe 1989), The Denver Broncos, Seattle Seahawks, Atlanta Falcons, San Diego Chargers, Philadelphia Eagles (as well as most NFL teams), Bill Romanowski (NFL Player), The Toronto Raptors, The LA Lakers (and a number of other NBA teams), Anaheim Ducks (as well as most NHL teams), Majority of the Ultimate and MMA (mixed martial arts) Fighters, Numerous Olympic Medalists, such as Donovan Bailey and behind the scenes at “Dancing with the Stars.”

Treatment can be uncomfortable at times, during the process of breaking up adhesions, but this pain will subside immediately after completion of a treatment session. It is not uncommon to experience a duplication of symptoms during the treatment as well; this is a good sign indicating the primary cause has been identified. Often times it is described as a “Good Hurt.”

Active Release Techniques® is non-invasive, very safe, has virtually no side effects, and has a record of producing very good results. It is common to experience a “different kind of soreness” for about 48 hours.

Dr Michael Leahy, a Doctor of Chiropractic, based in Colorado Springs, Colorado, developed Active Release Techniques® (ART®). Prior to becoming a Doctor of Chiropractic, Dr. Leahy was an aeronautical engineer. Combining his engineering background, with his knowledge of human anatomy and soft-tissue treatment methodologies, Dr. Leahy formulated a unique and effective approach for dealing with soft-tissue injuries, now known as Active Release Techniques® or ART®.

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