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Hey all, just wanted to let you all know that ART (active release therapy) has helped me through a nasty bout of ITBS and achillies tendonitis. He also helped me with the beginning of plantar fascitis.<br><br>
I like to spread the word whereever I can. If you have any questions about it feel free to message me. Oh yeah the treatment hurts like hell but I went from not being able to run 2 miles without pain to finishing my HM (not entirely painfree) after only 4 visits <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/headbang.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="headbang">
 

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I agree! ART cured my achilles tendonitis too! I am definitely a believer too!<br><br>
And yeah, it hurts like mad, but is well worth it! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy">
 

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ditto here too! My sports chiro did some ART therapy on my ITBS last year and that combined with some p.t. has done wonders for me. I have a big tolerance for pain, but the ART therapy had me in tears, but it was all worth it in the end.
 

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thanks! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy">
 

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I am currently trying the Graston techninque after Batmomm suggested ART to me for ITB treatment. I am having great results with the Graston as well. I will have my 3rd treatment tomorrow and right now after 2 treatments I can now go 2.5miles with absolutely no pain, tightness or achiness. It is wonderful. 3 wks ago I couldnot even go a 1.5 miles!! Graston is similar to ART and mine is being done by a sports chiro, there were no ART providers in my area!
 

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ART-soooooooooooooooo many OUCHIES but so good results!<br><br>
Art AND graston FTW!
 

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Graston SIMILAR to art...scrapy scrapy is MUCH different then dig in the muscles and stretchy stretchy...
 

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Wanted to throw in my praises for ART as well<br><br>
Really tightened up my ITB running a HM three weeks after an ITBS flareup this May. None of the usual stuff (yoga, foam roller, etc.) was able to loosen it up afterward, so I went for the big gun in ART. Expensive stuff, but one hour's worth of ART sessions did the trick.<br><br>
It also helped with a shoulder that has been really troublesome since I can remember (I can throw it out if I'm not careful). In fact, I need to schedule another session too - my other trouble-free shoulder needs some loosening up from all the swimming I've been doing.
 

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Sign me up as a member of the ART fan club! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile"> I have been going for the past 3 weeks for some achilles issues and things are really improving and healing well.
 

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Can you tell me more about ART? I have terrible plantar fasciitis.<br>
Thanks,<br>
Susan
 

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I havent used ART to deal with pf, but I have heard of others that have had good results with it. Its kind of a deep tissue massage. Its very painful while its being done, but it works wonders. I would suggest giving it a try if you can find a certified provider near you.
 

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I'll have to put myself in the not-so-thrilled category concerning ART, at least in regards to my plantar fasciitis. I didn't help at all, but then my PF is apparently a bit different than most. Mine was more the result of an acute trauma event than of overuse, so it doesn't seem to respond to the same treatments. Just my luck... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Roll Eyes (Sarcastic)">
 

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I'm with Labduck. I've been trying out some ART to try to get me over some "shin splints" - medial tibialis and gastroc problems. I already had some things I was doing that helped it heal, but thought that maybe ART would kick it into high gear.<br><br>
Unless I'm totally missing something the treatments have been only marginally better than my own self-deep-tissue. And when you factor in the trouble of driving over/back and the hour spent getting treatment, I found I was trading off my own therapy for the ART. The chiro keeps saying that I may not see a lot of results until I've had a dozen appointments, but I already see results with less "treatments" than that when I work on myself.<br><br>
I guess if I had infinite time and money, I would do it. I don't so I'm going to fire the guy after 4 visits.
 

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Not everyone can expect a miracle after 4 visits, and if it's not for you, or too far away, I'd say stop going.<br><br>
For me? It's been a world of difference. I started going for regular ART treatments in March of 2006. I had massive scar-tissue buildup after having a tibial stress fracture. I also suffered on & off piriformis issues, and lower back problems.<br><br>
ART has been a lifesaver to me. My massage therapist could tell the difference in my piriformis so much that she ended up referring another client of hers to my ART doctor (without ever having met him herself). Everyone I know who has gone to this chiro has had amazing results.<br><br>
I'm a believer. Right now I'm going every 2 weeks until the marathon, just to make sure I don't break. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile">
 

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Can you guys that are going tell me how long your provider is doing the ART on you. Actual ART therapy, nothing else. It seems like when I was going it was only for about 15 minutes. Someone has mentioned an hour of treatment. He had me doing other stuff as well, but I'm just curious if I would be benefitting more if I was having it done for longer amounts of time. <shrug>
 

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That's about what I've been getting: maybe slightly longer. And that's my beef: an hour and a half plus for the appointment and commute and stuff, and only 15-20 minutes of real therapy. When I self-massage I take about 15-20 minutes twice a day.<br><br>
So because the appointments were bleeding off my time, I was losing 2-3 self-massage sessions for every "real" one. And the difference in skill level was just not high enough to make up for the difference in frequency. ART was leading to a net decrease in treatments for me.
 

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i think myofascial release is king in my book. fixed my PF, fixed my piriformis, fixed my breathing issues. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile">
 

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My ART provider mentioned to me that not everyone responds well to ART; in fact, I seem to be one who really responds well to it (considering what shape he found my ITB area in, he said that my case was resolved with a comparatively short time.)<br><br>
I think it's like anything - if you find something that works for you, stick with it. I only resorted to ART when the stuff I had been doing previously wasn't enough to keep away the ITBS.
 

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Joe, that has been my problem. Nothing else was working for the ITBS so I figured I would try it. I had nothing to lose, right?<br><br>
Maybe he stops because the amount of pain I'm in when he's doing it. I don't know. I just thought that it would last longer. Kind of like going to get a massage from Alia. You expect an hour or whatever and after 13 minutes she's like "ok, get up!" I just have no idea how long it should be.<br><br>
I still haven't just ran and not mixed in walking. I'm scared to death to do it. And another problem I noticed today is that my stride is funny. It is like I'm afraid to just go all out and I'm favoring something. It wasn't natural. *sigh* Maybe I'm still not ready to run. GAH! Maybe I need to stop being a pansy and just.do.it.
 
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