Lafferty Family Chiropractor ART certified in New Jersey, qualcare provider, Graston Technique
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Lafferty Family Chiropractic now offers an exciting new chiropractic treatment, Active Release Technique. Dr. Anthony "Tony" Lafferty is certified in the patented ART system after under going extensive training and testing. Since 1991 ART has gained recognition from elite Olympic and professional athletes as an effective treatment.

ART is a patented, state-of-the-art soft tissue system that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. Headaches, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, shin splints, shoulder pain, sciatica, plantar fascitis, knee problems and tennis elbow are just a few of the many conditions that can be resolved quickly and permanently with ART. These conditions all have one important thing in common: the often result from injury to over-used muscles.

Over-used muscles (and other soft tissues) change in three important ways: acute injuries (pulls, tears, collisions,etc), accumulation of small tears (micro-trauma) and 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 builds 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 become trapped. This can cause reduced ranges of motion, loss of strength, and pain. If a nerve istrapped you may also feel tingling, numbness, and weakness.

Every ART session is actually a combination of examination and treatment. The ART provider uses his or her 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 of them - are unique to ART. They allow providers to identify and correct the specific problems that are affecting each individual patient. ART is not a cookie-cutter approach. Only a credentialed ART provider such as Dr. Lafferty can ascertain whether ART might prove beneficial for your condition.

Lafferty Family Chiropractic is very pleased to be able to offer ART as an option for its patients. Even before becoming a certified ART provider, Dr. Lafferty had become known throughout the area for the treatment of athletic injuries. He is in his fourth season working with a local NHL professional team and has worked exclusively with golf-related injuries for an internationally-known golf course. He was recently added to Rutgers University Sports Medicine staff. He recently attended a an exciting sports medicine and hockey conference in Toronto.