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 started out very skeptical of chiropractic care in general, even though prior to going to Active Care Chiropractic I had never had a personal chiropractic experience. My wife was under the care of Dr. McGraw and his staff for a few months when I decided to go in for a consult. I had witnessed her health improve and pain level decrease a substantial amount. I have been in the mortgage industry for over 14 years, and the desk job has not done me any favors about my posture, health in general, and stress. When I came to Dr. McGraw I had awful posture from typing all day long 9-10 hours a day, severe stress headaches, and very bad acid reflux. Pretty much all the stuff you would expect from working too hard and not taking care of yourself when working at a desk all day long. Dr. McGraw did the initial consultation and went over all that was wrong, and all that could be made better through his chiropractic care.
I knew it was going to be a major time and effort commitment on my end, but with my wife saying she would be there to keep me motivated, I took the plunge into chiropractic care. Dr. McGraw and his staff did a great job setting the expectations up front, so I knew what I could expect if I upheld my part of the commitment. I went into it fully focused to get better. I started to have almost immediate relief of my headaches, that was huge for me as they were almost debilitating. As we progressed and I did the exercises at home my posture started to improve. Along with the improved posture my acid reflux got better. It was if all the stars were aligning! Another byproduct of the care I receive at Active Care Chiropractic was just the discussing and motivation to get healthy overall. The team is great at motivation, encouragement, and positive comments. When I started I was very skeptical, but as I have gone through the treatment I have turned into one of the biggest proponent for Dr. McGraw and his staff at Active Care Chiropractic! The physical changes have led to more positive mental attitude and started me down the path to become healthier in every aspect of my life. If there is anyone considering chiropractic care, you need to do see Dr. McGraw and his staff at Active Care Chiropractic. I can personally vouch for them and I will be happy to share my story and successes with anyone if it will help them take the first step in reducing the pain they are in, becoming healthier, and leaning how to enjoy life even more!!
I started a training program last March. Three weeks in, I was having back muscles spasms and couldn't do the classes anymore. I was recommended both by colleagues and the training group to go to Active Care Chiropractic. It was the best decision I could make!
As an office worker, I have all the typical chronic issues that come with sitting all these years: arthritic neck, upper back pain, shoulders burning. I also had two old injuries that never healed correctly; one in the upper back (which was causing me problems during training) and an old knee injury which caused me intense pain and swelling while sitting.
Dr. Bradburn worked with me to put me back on track and keep doing everything I wanted to do with no downtime. He helped me correct posture problems from sitting at a desk all the time and gave me more flexibility of movements. He taught me personalized stretching techniques to help with my upper back injury and solved my chronic knee pain in two weeks. TWO weeks! I haven't had knee pain for seven months. I've had this issue for fifteen years and no specialists were able to help me. I had just chalked it up to getting old and having to deal with it. I have done more in my life for the last 7 months that I have in the last three years combined. Thank you!