Active Release Techniques London | FAQs
Does it matter who treats me? Why?
Do I need a referral?
Who refers patients to us for ART?
Will it hurt?
How long will it take?
Will I be treated on my first visit?
Q. Who Provides ART Services?
This means that underpinning this advanced soft tissue technique is the ability to assess and diagnose patients, order further imaging or investigations and refer to other specialists if necessary.
Q. Does it matter who treats me? Why?
It is however important to note that only primary healthcare practitioners who are regulated by their respective professional councils, such as chiropractors, osteopaths, physiotherapists, GPs or other GMC registered consultants, have the appropriate training to diagnose pathology and related conditions.
Q. Do I need a referral?
If you have healthcare insurance and would like to claim some of your treatment costs back, some health insurance companies require that you get a referral from your GP before starting treatment, however, it’s best to check your individual policy as it relates to you.
Q. Who refers patients to us for ART?
Happy patients make for happy practitioners and reception staff, so we are always very grateful and appreciative to our patients and practice members that give us the opportunity to share the benefits of ActiveBacks and ART with their friends, family and throughout all of the communities they are involved in.
We also enjoy working with interested GPs and consultants who will often refer their family and friends to us as well as their patients.
To help develop ART within the UK we encourage GPs and consultants to find out more about what we do and are happy to arrange a time to introduce them to the practice so please spread the word.
Q. Will it hurt?
Other times you may not feel any discomfort at all, which is also normal. Some types of tissue changes have been so ingrained that the level of scar tissue change has even made the area almost numb or insensitive to touch or pressure, then once the tissues begin to regain a normal texture the tissue also regains its sensitivity.
Either way, because many of the ART protocols are ‘active’ in action it means that you as the patient are in control and can slow down or stop the movement whenever you want and we always recommended that you give constant feedback to your practitioner if the release becomes more uncomfortable than you would like.
If you do have any post treatment soreness your ActiveBacks practitioner will be able to advise you on things you can do to help relieve it, and it may be a lot like the soreness you can get after the first game of the season or first visit back to the gym.
Q. How long will it take?
Also, because each case is different and has it’s own set of variables and contributing factors we will need to assess your situation in detail during our longer initial consultation and from there we will be able to collate all of your information with our examination findings and give you clear guidance as to an expected time frame related to your condition and recovery time during your second visit at your report of findings appointment.
The variety of cases that we see is such that some conditions can be resolved in one or two treatments, whilst others may require various stages of care taking three months or longer with a view to getting you back to a state that you may have previously believed was impossible.
Because each individual is an individual and neither they or us have a crystal ball to predict how they in particular will respond to treatment, we make sure we do regular re-exams to measure your progress to ensure our type of treatment is right for you and if it isn’t we will happily refer you on or make other recommendations that may be more appropriate given the conditions of your case.
Q. Will I be treated on my first visit?
That way both you and your practitioner can have the right information to help you best.
Q. What are the costs?
We will let you know what you will need once we have assessed your case. This will usually be at your second visit to the practice during your report of findings appointment at which time you will usually get treated as well if you are happy to get started.
Q. Can I be seen outside of your normal clinic hours?
Q. Are you covered by my insurance?
We recommend that you check with your Insurance provider regarding your individual policy to ensure your particular practitioner is covered within your policy. If you have any other questions our support staff can also help you, so call today to find out!
Q. What is scar tissue?
This can persist for years or until the dysfunction in the tissue is dealt with. ART is specifically designed to remove scar tissue from unresolved injuries enabling the tissue to get back to it’s healthier state and to help you, get your active back.
Q. Do you teach courses?
Please fill out our Professional Development form and once submitted we can know your interests and keep you informed of any up and coming courses where you can learn the technique. Dr Andrew Martin D.C. teaches in both America and Europe and is proud to be part of a small team here in Europe that works together to make it easier for European practitioners to learn the technique.
Please get in touch and Andrew will hopefully see you at a course soon.
Q. How long does ART take to learn?
Then there are 5 other advanced courses called Nerve Entrapment, Active Palpation, Complex Protocols, Biomechanics and Masters. These again can be completed at your own pace and will usually take between 3 to 5 years to complete.
Once you become ART certified it is then compulsory for you to maintain your certification by rectifying each year so you are able to keep up with developments within the field and to ensure you are able to continuously work on developing the skill of ART and continuously improve your treatment success rate.
Q. What make ART so different from other techniques?
In large part this is because Dr Leahy, its founder, has used his combined aeronautical engineering and chiropractic background to formulate specific protocols for each muscle and potential nerve entrapment site around the body.
Dr Leahy is then very particular about how the practitioner should develop the right touch in order to successfully remove this scar tissue from the right place at the right depth and with the right tension. In this way ART has developed a standard of care the like very few techniques have ever achieved.
Call today to get your queries answered about leading a healthy life, free from stress and pain the ActiveBacks way.