Dr. Hockstra is a certified A.R.T. Provider.
A.R.T. is a patented, state of the art soft tissue system/movement based massage technique that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. Headaches, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, shin splints, shoulder pain, sciatica, plantar fasciitis, knee problems, and tennis elbow are just a few of the many conditions that can be resolved quickly and permanently with A.R.T.
Many of these conditions are a result of overuse.
Over-used muscles (and other soft tissues) change in three important ways:
Acute conditions (pulls, tears, collisions, etc.)
Accumulation of small tears (micro-trauma)
Not getting enough oxygen (hypoxia)
Each of these factors can cause your body to produce tough, dense scar tissue in the affected area. This scar tissue binds up and ties down tissues that need to move freely. As scar tissue builds up, muscles become shorter and weaker, tension on tendons causes tendonitis, and nerves can be trapped. This can cause reduced range of motion, loss of strength, and pain. If a nerve is trapped you may also feel tingling, numbness, and weakness.
What is an ART Treatment Like?
Dr. Hockstra uses his hands to evaluate the texture, tightness and movement of muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments and nerves. Abnormal tissues are treated by combining precisely directed tension with very specific patient movements.
These treatment protocols (over 500 specific moves) are unique to ART. They allow Dr. Hockstra to identify and correct the specific problems that are affecting each individual patient.