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“If you keep doing what you’re doing, you keep getting what you’re getting”
PROmotion The ART of Bio-Mechanics & Performance Care   What are Biomechanics? Biomechanics is the study of how the bodies’ parts function and relate to one another. From the ART® perspective, what are the muscles doing to cause the body to move the way it does? What effects performance? Is it an idiosyncrasy, structural or a problem area(s)? ART® Doctors are trained to assess a multitude of factors and elements that effect performance and biomechanics.   Some of what we evaluate:  Symmetry, Is the left like the right? Is there proper contraction and proper letting go of the muscles? What does the end range of motion look like? Does it stop abruptly? Is it smooth and slow or restricted? Where is the effort going? Is it mechanical faults or recruitment of other muscles? What is or is not contributing to the gait cycle?  For example, tight quads cause the gait to shorten while hamstring tightness causes the foot to rotate.  What is Performance Care?  Performance care is the process of applying ART® to better your physical abilities. Performance care is applied after treatment of acute injuries is completed and, in the absence of any injury at all to fine-tune muscle movement and function. For many, athletes in particular, they say they feel fine but are unaware of old injury sites or biomechanical faults that may lead to problems later. ART® Doctors have specialized training in the observation of movements and how they relate to muscle function. This enables them to find previously unnoticed issues and correct them.   True story… Once when watching Mariano Rivera of the NY Yankees pitching, I noticed that he was releasing the ball a little early. I immediately called his agent and told him that Mariano was injured in the lower body. Two days later the team placed him on the DL for a “groin” injury. Over time his abdominals and legs fatigued causing him to alter his throwing and to recruit other muscles to help his throwing motion. A couple of ART® sessions and he was able to properly recruit the muscles he needed.  Where it hurts, is where it may not be! Often, when I work on athletes I am asked to address a particular problem. After addressing it and correcting it, I check other areas in the kinetic chain to assess their function as well. Much to their surprise, many other muscle and places are dysfunctional too.  When athletes learn they have many areas that need attention, they opt for performance care. Sometimes it is like trying to untangle a twenty-car pileup. Emmitt Smith once commented that every time he carried the ball it felt like a car accident.  So many injuries, minor, moderate and severe, over the course of the athletes (life) career alter function, strength response time and recovery time. Sorting out what caused what takes a specially trained and knowledgeable ART® Biomechanics Provider. There is no substitute for experience.   What are you trying to do? What do you want your body to do? For runners it may be more stride length, more hip extension or better foot contact with the ground. Golfers love to have more upper body turn and less lower body movements. Body builders like to have more “split” or definition of a muscle group. Performance Care goes beyond treating a place that hurts or is tight. Putting an athlete in video is a very good idea. Not only can the ART® DOC slow it down to notice subtle details but he can explain it to the athlete too.     “What you don’t know probably won’t kill you,  but it will likely cause an injury later.”      True Story… David Ledbetter, one of the top five golf teachers in the world, asked me to treat him. I asked him what he was trying to do or work on. He wanted more shoulder/body separation at the top of his back swing.  He had always taught his students to get their backs to the target, so when he told me what he wanted to do I understood immediately why he said that to his students. HE couldn’t get his shoulder in the proper position because of an old water skiing accident years before. A couple of ART® sessions and his shoulder was exactly where he wanted it to be--even after suffering for years with it being out of position. ART® is great.   What’s The difference? Performance enhancement is measured in a variety of ways: milliseconds, inches, yards, pounds, more points, jumping higher, running faster or longer. How much time, effort and money do athletes spend to get that little extra that makes THE difference? What if ART® performance care could help you get there quicker? Releasing old injury sites frees up the muscle system to perform better, faster.   Adaptation is another injury in the making Problem areas cause the body to compensate for damaged areas or loss of function. When hamstrings get weak or fail the adductor group picks up the slack and ends up doing a job it was not designed for. Peak performance is lost.  Further, injuries compound the problems of muscle imbalances, tension and adaptation leading to still more loss of function. A tight muscle is a weak muscle, usually, and will most likely lead to future injuries.   Be the star of your own DVD To benefit from biomechanical analysis and performance care ART®, you should start with digital video (DV) recorded onto DVD. This format can be viewed on any computer and manipulated to see every subtle motion needed to spot key faults or issues. Regular VCR or video cameras can still be used. They are less effective, but better than nothing. How to video: Put your whole body in the frame and zoom in or out to keep you there. Close ups of the feet or arm do not help when trying to see the whole picture. Capture front, back and side views if possible.  Another helpful tip is to show as much muscle (skin) as is appropriate. This allows the ART® Doctor to observe muscle actions and tension levels during the motion. Active Release Provider Since 1994 EXPERIENCE RESULTS Heal Spur Pain & Plantar Fascitis GONE!  I have had terrible heel pain for six years. I couldn’t find comfortable shoes, not even sneakers and I just about gave up wearing dressy two-inch heels. I have a box full of heel pads, rubber, gel, foam and leather, arch supports, lifts and many inner soles of various thicknesses and materials. I have two sets of custom orthotics for my shoes.  I spent a lot of money on these items trying to find a solution to my pain. Using these various aids I was forced to buy many pairs of shoes in larger sizes to accommodate the items I put in my shoes trying to make my foot comfortable. I found no relief and the pain just kept getting worse. The pain ruled my life by limiting the things I could do.  I was desperate for a solution so I went to the Internet in search of an answer. I found on the web many of the things I had already tried, but one in particular got my attention. It was called Active Release Technique. The person who developed ART was based in Colorado Springs, Colorado. I called the office for information and was told there were only ten doctors certified in this technique in Florida. To my relief and good fortune one of them was in Sarasota, Florida---just a few miles away.  To read the full story, click here.