Soft Tissue Therapy

Soft tissue therapy is the manipulation of the soft tissues of the body, including the muscles, fascia, tendons, and ligaments. The goal of soft tissue therapy is to break up adhesions, also known as scar tissue, relax muscle tension and move tissue fluids.

Active Release Treatment (ART®) is a specific movement-based/soft tissue therapy technique. During an ART® treatment, the patient will be moved through a series of precise movement protocols while the practitioner is addressing the implicated tissue. This movement pattern is performed to work out areas of adhesion and decreased mobility with the goal of decreased pain and increased function.

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 soft tissue therapies, including ART®. These conditions all have one important thing in common: they are often a result of overused muscles.

Crystal is full body certified in ART® and is an ART® Ironman Provider.

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Cupping Massage

Cupping Massage is an ancient practice that blends East and West. The technique creates a vacuum in the cup, drawing the skin up into the cup, separating the layers of superficial fascia over a targeted area. The suction draws the blood to the level of the skin, creating a vacuum below the skin. This causes new blood to rush in below, removing stagnation from the injured site, as well as helping to remove fascial restrictions and increasing range of motion.

Due do the nature of the treatment, it is common to have marks from Cupping Massage. Cupping marks are not bruises or contusions, but marks from the blood between the skin layers. The non-painful marks last 1-8 days and range in intensity from no mark at all to dark purple.   

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