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Speed up the healing process with sports medicine

By S. Wentworth

As basically an injury riddled athlete, it was my good fortune to meet up with the one of the best sports medicine practitioners ever, Dr. Taylor Rabbetz. He's helped me through countless injuries from over-exerting myself on the the AIDS LifeCycle last year to over-exerting myself painting my house last night.

He's part chiropractor, part sports shaman, part dominatrix and part angel.

He uses a myofascial release technique to work miracles on my aching knees, tightly wound ITs and throbbing shoulders. I asked him how he does his voodoo magic and he was kind enough to share his magic tricks.

Active Release Technique (ART) treatment is a myofascial protocol system that allows a practitioner to diagnose and treat soft-tissue injuries. Soft tissue refers to muscle, tendon, fascia and nerves.

Typically injuries occur in two ways, the first being acute, and the second, repetitive. In both scenarios, tissue is damaged and inflammation is released and creates adhesions with surrounding tissue and bones (also known as scar tissue formation) that do not allow the tissue to stretch to its maximum length.

After finding a lesion within a soft tissue, it is treated by manipulation while drawing it under a specific contact. The most common method of application is to take the tissue from a shortened position to a fully lengthened position. [Note: This is the part where he moves your leg back and forth while causing excruciating pain as he breaks up the scar tissue with his thumb, hence the dominatrix tag.]

ART typically has the best success rate among chronic conditions and repetitive strains and should be considered before any musculoskeletal surgery is contemplated. Athletic injuries should also be considered for possible ART or myofascial release because of the inflammation and decreasing circulation leads to adhesions between tissues thus not allowing the full movement patterns of each individual muscle. If not treated, this can lead to a chronic conditon.

ART or other myofascial release modalities in conjunction with chiropractic care has proven to be the standard of care in many musculoskeletal conditions for both acute relief of symptoms and long-term resolve of chronic complaints.

Every athlete should have a Dr. Rabbetz. Check out your local sports medicine facilities or, if you're lucky enough to live in the Bay Area, check out the real Dr. Rabbetz at Chiro-Medical Group. To find an ART practitioner, visit