5814 Oleander Drive
Wilmington, NC 28403
Active Release Technique
Dr. Eric McGraw and Dr. Levi Bradburn are chiropractors in Wilmington, NC who provide care for patients in Wilmington and the surrounding communities. Dr. McGraw and Dr. Bradburn are passionate advocates of healthy living through a combination of chiropractic care and nutrition. We believe that with the proper lifestyle choices, optimal health is just a few steps away. Traumas (physical stress), Thoughts (mental stress), and Toxins affect us all…our goal is to keep you moving for life!
WHAT IS ACTIVE
Chiropractic care focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system, and the effects of these disorders on general health. Dr. McGraw and Dr. Bradburn practice a drug-free, hands-on approach to health care that includes patient examination, diagnosis and treatment.
Active Release Technique®, or ART®, is a hands-on muscle treatment used to identify and treat soft tissue injuries that can occur from trauma or repetitive over use. Active Release treats scar tissue in muscles, tendons, ligaments, and nerves without injuring the surrounding soft tissue. Active Release maintains the health of the soft tissue surrounding the joints ensuring proper function of both the soft tissues and the joints.
Scar tissue is the dense, weak connective tissue which forms a scar; it can be found on any tissue on the body, including muscles, tendons, ligaments, and nerves. This fibrous material binds itself to damaged soft tissue fibers in an effort to draw the damaged fibers back together and can impede the function of surrounding muscles and proper joint motion. This can cause muscle tension and nerve entrapment, leading to a reduced range of motion, loss of strength, pain, or numbness.
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I had been dealing with chronic neck and shoulder pain for more than 10 years due to a car accident and repetitive sports injuries. I eventually lost almost all of my range of motion, resulting in scapula surgery. After several rounds of failed physical therapy and refusing to take pain medications, I had "learned to live" with the daily pain. I work in a physical aspect of the medical field in which I deal with heavy equipment and handling patients all day. I just could not seem to find any relief. That was until I was introduced to Dr. McGraw with Active Care Chiropractic. After the first few adjustments and active release therapy, I began to immediately have relief. Now just a few short months later, I am more relaxed, have decreased headaches and am much more flexible in my neck, shoulders, and back!
When I started seeing Dr. Bradburn I was experiencing debilitating headaches weekly from a past CrossFit head trauma. They would last for days which made it hard for me to concentrate and to get through the workday. They also were negatively impacting my coursework and study time for my masters program. After seeing the team at Active Care and following their program my headaches have reduced in quantity and severity. Life without headaches has allowed me to finish my masters program and enjoy life outside of work. I highly recommended them to anyone in need of chiropractic services.