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Dr. Thomas McNulty is a licensed chiropractor, acupuncturist and ART physician.

He is ART certified in spine, upper, lower extremity, long tract nerve entrapments, and is an Ironman ART provider.

What is Active Release Techniques (ART) to Patients?

ART is a patented, state of the art soft tissue system/movement based massage 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 (pulls, tears, collisions, etc),
  • accumulation of small tears (micro-trauma)
  • not getting enough oxygen (hypoxia).

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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, and pain. If a nerve is trapped you may also feel tingling, numbness, and weakness.

Scar tissue adhesions develop within the body as a result of injury, overuse, inflammation, muscle tension, lack of oxygen, etc. This tough, dense 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, and pain. If a nerve is trapped you may also feel tingling, numbness, weakness and pain. The incredibly specific and sophisticated protocols of Active Release Techniques (ART) are the safest, most efficient and effective ways of eliminating these adhesions to permanently resolve the conditions which they create.

Conditions Treated with ART:

Muscle Problems:  Pain, spasm, strain, tear, tension.Trigger points, adhesions, scar tissue, knots. Fibromyalgia, neck pain, back pain and postural dysfunction. 

Nerve Problems:  Pinched or entrapped nerves throughout the body. Cervical radiculitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, cubital tunnel syndrome, sciatica, piriformis syndrome, neuroma, headache, genital or pelvic pain.

Tendon Problems:  Tendonitis throughout the body. Rotator cuff syndrome, shoulder impingement, tennis and golfer's elbow, wrist, hip, iliotibial band syndrome, patellar, achilles, plantar fasciitis.

Ligament Problems:  Sprains of ankle, foot, knee, hip, spine, shoulder, elbow, wrist, hand, fingers.

Joint Problems:  Pain, injury, bursitis, arthritis, and restricted movement of joints throughout the body including the spine, jaw, shoulder, elbow, wrist, hands, fingers, hip, knee, ankle, feet and toes. Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction, disc problems, spinal facet syndrome, frozen shoulder, patellofemoral joint syndrome, meniscus problems, bunions and more.

What is an ART treatment like?

Once an injury has been assessed, Dr. McNulty uses hands on treatment and patient motion to "free up" the problem area or restore critical relative movement within the tissues in order to resolve the condition. 

Treatment duration and frequency may vary depending on the severity and complexity of the injury, however most patients experience rapid recovery. 

ART Credibility

ART is so well respected and effective that most professional football, basketball, hockey, baseball players and Olympic athletes utilize certified ART practitioners. We continually receive patient referrals from Medical Doctors of various specialties including orthopedists, neurologists, internists, urologists, podiatrists, dentists, etc. 

 ART is so different from other soft tissue techniques that is has been granted a medical patent.  In order to become an ART provider, each licsenced professional must complete extensive hands on instruction and written/practical testing unparalleled by other soft tissue programs. ART practitioners must posess a deep understanding of anatomy, biomechanics, diagnostics, and must be physically strong and coordinated to perform the over 600 protocols of Active Release Techniques.

What is the history of Active Release Techniques?

ART has been developed, refined, and patented by P. Michael Leahy, DC, CCSP. Dr. Leahy noticed that his patients' symptoms seemed to be related to changes in their soft tissue that could be felt by hand. By observing how muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments and nerves responded to different types of work, Dr. Leahy was able to consistently resolve over 90% of his patients' problems. He now teaches and certifies health care providers all over the world to use ART.

What are Patients saying about ART?

"It feels 100% better after just 1 treatment."

"My knee pain is gone and has never felt better!"

"Whatever you did to me last time, please do it again because I feel great!"

"The wrist and hand pain I have been living with for years...is gone!"
 

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