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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Since May 2017, I have been suffering from severe tennis elbow. No, I don't play tennis, but I do ultrasound people of all ages for a living. I have been a sonographer for six years. As a student, we read tons of articles saying that the majority of sonographers who have been scanning for over five years will scan in pain because of work-related musculoskeletal disorders. At first, I didn't believe this was true, but sure enough, into my fifth year, like clockwork, I joined the large group of ultrasound technologists who scan in pain. I tried months of physical therapy, a cortisone shot in my elbow (which lasted one week), icing/heating, rest, less ultrasounds (not practical), tons of ibuprofen, lotions/gels, anything that MIGHT help. Then in the fall of 2017, my employer held a health fair and Dr. McGraw with Active Care Chiropractic had a table with his services. I thought, why not? I had already tried everything under the sun. Why not try a chiropractor. Dr. McGraw explained Active Release Therapy and how he was confident he could help me with my elbow. He worked on my elbow for maybe two minutes. I was pain free for at least an hour! I decided to give him a try. Best. Decision. Ever. He worked on my elbow by breaking down the jagged scar tissue I had created with repetitive motions from my job and helped my body create smoother tissue. And trust me, I looked at my elbow with my ultrasound machine before and after. The difference was astonishing. I cannot fully express how grateful I am for Dr. McGraw's help. He helped save my career by saving my elbow!
I’ve been going to Active Care since 2014. It took a lot for me to try chiropractic care, I was one of those people that was terrified to let someone crack my neck. Within a few months, my migraines were under control. It’s to the point now that I get one maybe once/twice a month if that; I used to get them 1-2x/week like clockwork. I’m sleeping better. I have more reliable energy (for the most part), and my autoimmune thyroid disorder is in remission. But the biggest change to my life is due to Dr. Bradburn helping me through the difficult year I had questioning severe joint/tendon pain and ultimately being diagnosed with autoimmune arthritis. This in itself makes me extremely emotional: without his help through the pain, inflammation, and swelling with the flares, I really have NO idea how I could have coped with this new phase of my life when I had to be patient with my Rheumatologist trying different things. While pharmacology can be fantastic and sometimes absolutely necessary, it’s never the complete solution for all of us. Thank you just doesn’t seem sincere enough to express my gratitude to the care I receive at Active Care Chiropractic. You’ve completely changed my life.