Relieving Headaches With Active Release Techniques

  • March 2, 2018
  • Brian Gervais
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It is very uncommon for our practice to go an entire day without seeing a patient who isn't seeking our help to resolve their headache. Headaches are not only painful, but they can also be disabling.  They can impair your quality of life by negatively affecting your life at home and at work. Many live in fear or anxiety as they wait for the next headache to come out of no where. There are over 150 different types of headaches, with tension headaches and migraines toping the list. The most Read More

Tackling Iliotibial (IT) band pain with Active Release Techniques

  • February 16, 2018
  • Brian Gervais
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The IT band is a dense, fibrous tissue band on the lateral aspect of your leg that can be the source of your hip and/or knee pain. One function of this band is to provide stability to the knee. However, when this band is subject to overuse or repetitive strain motions, it can lead to fatigue and ultimately, injury. The key is to figure out what is causing this pain. If there is pain present, there likely is an underlying dysfunction that has been there longer than the actual pain has been pr Read More

Resolving Plantar Fasciitis with Active Release Techniques (ART)

  • February 4, 2018
  • Brian Gervais
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If you’ve experienced plantar fasciitis (PF) or know someone who has, you are aware of the amount of pain and discomfort it can cause. If this is something new to you, let’s break down what plantar fasciitis is and some of the factors that may contribute to the condition. Plantar fascia is the fibrous/connective tissue band that travels from your heel to your toes. When this tissue is irritated, it can lead to inflammation (-itis). This inflammation can be the result of a traumatic inj Read More

Recovering From Winter Injuries

  • January 25, 2018
  • Brian Gervais
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Winters in the Midwest can be very stressful. Some years worse than others. Regardless, there continues to be a large number of personal injuries, whether they are a result of a slip and fall, a motor vehicle accident, or simply shoveling snow, they could potentially result in a soft tissue injury such as a muscular strain, a ligamentous sprain or a nerve entrapment related injury. One of the most common injuries are whiplash (cervical acceleration/deceleration) injuries, either from a slip Read More

I don’t play tennis, why am I experiencing tennis elbow?

  • December 22, 2016
  • Brian Gervais
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  Lateral epicondylitis/epicondylosis, also known as tennis elbow, is a painful condition in which the soft tissues on the lateral aspect of the forearm become strained from overuse, commonly referred to as repetitive strain injuries (RSIs). It is commonly seen in laborers who work with tools/instruments, anything that requires maintaining a stronger than usual grip strength for an extended amount of time can contribute to this condition.   When the muscles on the lateral Read More

Lateral Knee Pain?

  • December 14, 2016
  • Brian Gervais
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    When someone walks into our office with pain, they usually tell us where it hurts and what may have led to the injury. This is helpful but it does not tells us much regarding what is directly causing the pain. If the pain is due to an acute/traumatic injury, typically the first thing on our list is damage control/pain relief/symptomatic care. There are many that walk in with pain and have no information to give other than where it hurts. That being said, asking the right Read More

Are Your Hamstrings Working For You Or Against You?

  • June 28, 2016
  • Brian Gervais
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Managing pain and/or dysfunction in the lower extremity can be difficult to pinpoint at times. Most of us have more than one way to treat a patient if they walk into our office with pain. Regardless of the type of assessment and treatment you provide, most often you will help someone move better, feel better and make them more aware of what they might be doing to aggravate their condition. That being said, you can also treat areas with mobilization techniques such as joint manipulation or soft t Read More

Managing lateral epicondylosis (tennis elbow) with Active Release Techniques (ART) and nerve flossing exercises

  • June 1, 2016
  • Brian Gervais
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Lateral elbow pain can be difficult to manage. We hear people label it as tennis elbow, lateral epicondylitis, lateral epicondylosis, etc. Regardless of the name, the injured tissue in question is consistent. This is an area of the body that experiences a great deal of repetitive strain/overuse symptoms. Along with the muscular strain component, there is often radial nerve irritation. This can happen as chronic inflammation develops around the forearm extensor muscles and at the common exten Read More

Managing Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Pain with Active Release Techniques (ART)

  • June 2, 2015
  • Brian Gervais
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Temporomandibular disorders (TMD) can be extremely painful for some and others may have no pain, but experience issues with opening and/or closing their jaw. The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) itself is primarily a hinge joint, similar to our knee and elbow joints.  It does allow side to side movement as well. There is a small disc within the joint that can be involved at times. The joint connects the jaw bone (mandible) to the temporal bones of your skull. This allows us to chew our food, Read More

Managing Sciatica With Active Release Techniques (ART)

  • April 10, 2015
  • Brian Gervais
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Lower back pain is an extremely common condition in today's world that is often poorly managed. There are many ways to define back pain as well as many conditions and injuries that are responsible for it. For today's discussion, we'll focus on sciatica nerve pain. The term sciatica describes the symptoms of leg pain and possibly tingling, numbness or weakness in the leg. Many will have unbearable pain while sitting while others can hardly stand on the affected leg. A sharp, stinging pain Read More