Category: Active Release Techniques

Are Your Hamstrings Weak, Sore, or Tight?

The FIT Institute published this blog post recently. There are a few different reasons why a hamstring can feel tight. Sometimes your hamstrings don’t stretch because your brain senses instability and it “tightens ” your hamstrings. This is easy to

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Golf Performance Therapy

Secrets of the golf performance therapy behind Jordan Spieth’s and Shane Lowry’s success! Put yourself in the shoes of a top professional golfer in his or her prime (many of us dream of it regularly). You do two things that

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Plantar Fasciitis study of Active Release Techniques and Myofascial Release

Health care providers who use therapy and prescribe exercise, like Manual Therapy UK for original content, and information on my workshops! Therapist’s guide to Plantar Fasciopathy Vijay Kage of KLE University in Belgaum, India did a few of the studies above comparing

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Injury Prevention Therapy for Athletes.

Have you ever signed up for a race or triathlon and you couldn’t train due to injury?  Are you tired of niggles slowing your training down, and having to take loads of time off because this joint hurts or that

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The ART of Performance Therapy

I wrote this article for the July 9th Athletics Weekly Magazine link. Not long after the 2012 London Olympics, I spoke with a top UK athlete, and he asked me how did Greg Rutherford stay healthy, reach his potential, and

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New Approach to Treating Repetitive Strain Injuries

You hadn’t touched a tennis racket in decades, yet your doctor diagnosed a “tennis elbow”.  You have iced it, rested it, stretched it and even had it injected, but your elbow is still sore.   Tennis elbow is a type of repetitive

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Tension Headaches: Myofascial Release

Patient Guide: Occipital Headaches Tight suboccipital muscles have been linked to headaches(a). Disorders like cervicogenic (neck generated) headaches have been clinically associated with dysfunctions of the upper cervical spine(b),  decreased range of motion at the top of the neck is likely

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Active Release Techniques (ART) for Neck Pain or Stiffness

Health care providers who use therapy and prescribe exercise, like Manual Therapy UK for more original content, and information on my workshops! Are the muscles at the top of your neck tight, but you can’t stretch them yourself? Are you turning your whole

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Active Release Techniques for Plantar Fasciitis / Heel Pain

What to know about Plantar Fasciopathy (PF).: Seated stretches can help. Standing exercises with the toes extended are advised. Research shows soft tissue hands-on work like Myofascial Release and Active Release Techniques (ART) of the foot and calf is effective. Mobilizations

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Therapist Guide: Trochanteric Bursitis vs Gluteal Enthesopathy

Health care providers who use therapy and prescribe exercise, like Manual Therapy UK for more original content, and information on my workshops! Therapist’s guide to Greater Trochanteric Pain Syndrome My approach has evolved in how to treat and prescribe exercises to patients with

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Tension Headaches: Myodural Bridges and Myofascial Release.

Health care providers who use therapy and prescribe exercise, like Manual Therapy UK for more original content, and information on my workshops! If you feel like the muscles at the top of your neck are tight, but you can’t stretch them

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Plantar Fasciitis Treatment

Seminar on Plantar Fasciopathy May 14th at 6:30 in Newcastle upon Tyne! (Rotterdam date to be set soon.) This post is intended for health care providers. I have also written: Patient Guide to Plantar Fasciitis: Myofascial Release, Stretches and Exercises. Plantar fasciopathy (PF)

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Is it the plantaris or Achilles Tendonitis?

Achilles tendonitis can mimic plantaris tendinopathy! The plantaris muscle runs from the back of the outside of the knee to insert on the inside of the heel bone.  A recent study of 214 elite UK track athletes found 33 had plantaris injuries.

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Do Trigger Points Exist?

The research supporting the basis of “trigger point” therapy is very limited.  When “expert” trigger point therapists are tested to see if they agree on the location of trigger points, they don’t.   Here is some research on the topic:

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How to Improve Ankle Dorsiflexion

Shannon Turley, the Stanford University Strength Coach, was profiled in New York Times and Bleacher Report articles recently. When asked what N.F.L. scouts should focus on, he said, “ankle mobility, the ankle begins the chain of movement“.  Ankle mobility is often limited in athletes without the

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