Lending a Helping Hand to Fitness

lending-a-helping-hand-to-fitnessThere is no doubt that there is a price to pay for fitness. Repetitive stress, minor injuries, improper form and biomechanical imbalances can become amplified when ignored and lead to bigger issues. These set-backs can interrupt workout schedules and hinder gains. Since the late 19th century, scores of people have found solace in Chiropractic care.

Chiropractic is more than a fix for back pain, focusing on disorders of the entire musculoskeletal and nervous systems. The spine is generally the focus of most Chiropractor’s hands, reducing pain and restoring or enhancing joint function, but many techniques go beyond the spine and treat imbalances in motor patterns; rehabilitating soft tissue injuries and restoring function to joints in the extremities.

Athletic-minded individuals, whether new to Chiropractic or not, may be unfamiliar with techniques that are geared towards a more active lifestyle. This glossary, provided by and used with permission from the Kansas Chiropractic Foundation (KansasChiroFoundation.org) provides definitions of terms and explanations of procedures for some of the many techniques utilized locally to treat.

Active Release Technique (A.R.T.)

A.R.T. involves the dissolution of scar tissue. When trauma or every day strains occur, the body responds by depositing a dense tissue referred to as scar tissue. Scar tissue shortens and weakens soft tissue therefore resulting in pain, decreased range of motion or excessive strain. By breaking up the scar tissue located in the muscles, ligaments, and tendons; healthy tissue can regenerate. Every A.R.T. session is actually a combination of examination and treatment. The A.R.T. provider uses 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.

Integrative Diagnosis

Integrative Diagnosis providers focus on the treatment of adhesion. Adhesion is the most common, underdiagnosed, and luckily the most reversible pathology in the musculoskeletal system. When adhesion is present it can result in deacreased mobility, decreased strength and pain. Integrative Diagnosis providers are trained to remove adhesion; thus resulting in healthy muscles that stretch and contract properly allowing for pain free joint motion.

Laser Therapy

Laser therapy treatment helps reduce pain and inflammation and enhances tissue healing—both in hard and soft tissues, including muscles, ligaments, and even bones. It increases oxygenation of tissues and allows injured or damaged cells to absorb photons of light, which speeds healing. Class 4 laser therapy can be effectively combined with a number of other Chiropractic modalities.


Developed by Dr. Nimmo, uses thumb, elbow or a “Nimmo Tee” to apply pressure to trigger points to reduce pain and edema associated with the subluxation complex.

Performance Movement Techniques

Is a process and system designed by chiropractic physicians to eliminate pain, then fix or stabilize the injured area to keep you pain free and functioning at your best for years to come.Progressive Rehab is the combination of precise chiropractic adjustments with pain relieving and stabilizing movement therapies. This addresses the muscles, joints, and alignment in the same visit offering quick relief of pain and restoration of movement patterns.

Sports Chiropractic

Many doctors of chiropractic specialize in injuries that occur during sports activities: (concussion, sprain/strains of the ankle, knee, wrist etc.)


Developed by Sarasota resident and Chiropractic Physician, Michael Rosenpyros, Thairopractic is a therapeutic method that brings together the traditions of Chiropractic and Thai Yoga Massage. Chiropractic works towards balance of the Innate healing energies of the body, while Thai Massage works with the specific energies of prana/chithat circulate around and throughout the body. The synthesis of the two amplifies the effect of both.

For more information about the specific chiropractic techniques mentioned, and how they can help alleviate pain and improve performance, contact one of the local providers below, or visit ACASC.org.

Dr. Jason Cross is a Chiropractic Physician in Bradenton, an active CrossFitter and overall fitness enthusiast. After 11 years in private practice in Sarasota, he enjoys educating the community on health, nutrition and functional fitness. He can be reached at Jason@Fit941.com.