What is Active Release Technique® (ART®)?
Lawrence Park Health and Wellness Clinic is a proud to be offering Active Release Technique® to the Toronto community. We are one of the very few multidisciplinary clinics at Yonge and Eglinton in North Toronto, to offer this cost-effective treatment, with full body certifications in the ART protocols of Spine, Upper Extremity, Lower Extremity, and Nerve Entrapments.
Active Release Technique is a patented, state of the art soft tissue system/movement based soft tissue 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 important ways:
- Acute conditions, such as pulls, tears, collisions, sudden injury (macro-trauma)
- Accumulation of small tears, such as overuse conditions (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, loss of function 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. Your practitioner will use their 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 your provider to identify and correct the specific problems that are affecting each individual patient. ART is not a cookie-cutter approach.
Our Active Release Technique® Toronto Practitioner:
Dr. Katherine Au, Clinic Director | Toronto Chiropractor | Acupuncture Practitioner
BSc Kin (Hons), DC, DAc, FCCRS(cand.), CSCS, ART®, GT®
Dr. Katherine Au is a Toronto Chiropractor, receiving her Doctor of Chiropractic from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College after graduating from the University of Western Ontario with a Bachelor of Science Honours Degree in Kinesiology. She is also credentialed in Contemporary Medical Acupuncture from McMaster University and has completed her Fellowship in Chiropractic Rehabilitation Sciences in Toronto.
Dr. Au is a certified Toronto Active Release Techniques Soft Tissue Treatment (ART®) provider in Spine, Upper Limb, Lower Limb, and Long Tract Nerve Entrapments, a movement-based soft tissue technique that treats injuries as well as overuse conditions, restores function, strength, range of motion and optimizes performance. She is also a certified Level 2 provider of Graston Technique (GT®), an instrument-assisted soft-tissue mobilization enabling the effective breakdown of scar tissue, fascial restrictions and treatment of other acute and chronic injuries.
As a complement to her manual therapy skills, Dr. Au is an experienced Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association and a L1 National Coaching Certificate holder. She has extensive experience working with a wide array of individuals from infants to seniors, prenatal and postnatal mothers, recreational and professional athletes, office workers, physical labourers and individuals with special abilities. Dr. Au has a special interest in the rehabilitation of sport- and repetitive strain-related injuries, as well as exercise pre/re-habilitation for the aging population, including osteoporosis and fall prevention. She is also certified in infant and paediatric chiropractic care, with expertise in treating pregnancy related pain, moms with breech positioned babies, infant torticolis, and wellness care to ensure young babies, kids and adolescents meet and exceed their proper growth and neurological milestones.
Dr. Au has always been passionate about fitness, healthy eating and living well, which is what inspired her to pursue a career in the health and fitness industry. She enjoys being an active member of her community and is involved with the Ontario Chiropractic Association, the Ontario Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) Liaison, the Toronto Sport and Social Club and the Running Room. As both a coach and multi-sport athlete herself, Dr. Au understands the cyclical challenges and triumphs of training, proper nutrition, competition, injury prevention, treatment and rehabilitation.
Dr. Au utilizes a movement-based, functional approach when working with her patients and clients. She incorporates advanced neuromusculoskeletal assessments with traditional orthopaedic testing in order to diagnose and treat not only the area of complaint, but the root cause of the problem. As a Chiropractor who is also a personal trainer, Dr. Au has a unique knowledge of biomechanics, anatomy and exercise physiology, which allows her to seamlessly implement manual therapy, training and exercise rehabilitation treatment programs to improve functional ability, core stability, strength, power, and endurance. Patient education, preventative stretching / strengthening exercises, precise hands-on treatment, physical rehabilitation, nutrition and ergonomic advice are key elements of Dr. Au’s practice as she works with her patients to exceed their health, wellness and performance goals. Dr. Au is excited to be a part of the team at Lawrence Park Health and looks forward to meeting you and ensuring you are stronger, healthier and more fit than before your initial injury!
Active Release Techniques® Certified Provider | Graston Technique® Provider | Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist
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