5814 Oleander Drive
Wilmington, NC 28403
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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!
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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 have been studying ballet since I was three years old, and have always had the goal of dancing professionally. I started experiencing pain after a bad ankle sprain when I was thirteen years old. The following year my ankle improved but waves of set backs occurred throughout the year. After testing I learned I had an Os Trigonum, an extra bone in the ankle, impacting the back of my Achilles. It gradually got worse and five years later I had surgery to have the extra bone removed.
I was told I'd recover within six weeks of the surgery, but to my discouragement a year and half went by and it had gotten worse. The pain was too intense to dance, and I was sitting out of all of my classes. I had tried everything from icing and stretching to PT and several weeks of time off. I was about to quit ballet when we discovered Dr. McGraw at Active Care Chiropractic. From the start he was different. He looked at my whole body through muscle tests and x-rays, but also was interested in the actual symptoms of my ankle. I saw him for a couple of months and had incredible improvement. If it weren't for the science and research behind it, I would've thought it miraculous. I have to do exercises regularly, but it's for precaution and maintenance now. It's been about six months and I'm able to do everything that I couldn't do before. I'm thankful to Dr. McGraw for giving me back a happier life: pain free and doing what I love.
I met Dr. Bradburn at a wedding. Soon after I injured my lower back and remembered he was a chiropractor. When I went in I was so impressed with the attention to detail, the new techniques I had not received at my former chiropractor, and the wonderful staff. I was pretty messed up and going twice a week at first. With the treatments and their recommended exercises, I was back in the gym and also felt such relief in my neck.
Two years later I still love going for maintenance. I recently started training for my first body building competition and with all the new stress on my body, regular visits keep me aligned and going strong.
I have recommended Active Care Chiropractic to so many friends and family. I can’t say enough about the doctors and staff!