Performance Therapy is a systematic approach towards successfully treating soft tissue structures, integrating the use of advanced soft tissue skills with functional strengthening techniques.
When joint structure is torn or damaged, spasm, inflammation and finally the infiltration of adhesion formation occur during the healing phase. Muscle does not heal by formation of new muscle, but by scar tissue. These adhesions disrupt the normal muscle function, which in turn affect the biomechanics of the joint complex, and can lead to pain and dysfunction. An acute injury does not have to occur in order for adhesions to develop. Often, an injury caused by repetitive movements or constant pressure/tension can cause adhesion formation.
Performance Therapy is specifically designed to assess the kinetic chain, locate and release adhesions, and restore proper muscle-contractual timing patterns. This method softens, stretches and releases the fibrous scar tissue, resulting in decreased restriction to circulation, increased range of motion and increased strength. After this is achieved then the functional exercises begin. Repetitive strengthening is necessary to maintain proper muscle memory, to keep the adhesions released and to insure joint integrity.
In order to better understand function and the kinetic chain of movement (how the body works together through movement), we have learned that the human body operates on a link sequencing system consisting of bone, soft tissue, and neurovascular structures. Neural patterns must fire in a specific order for this link system to successfully perform a given task. No one body part operates successfully without the contribution of another. The key component of all movement is the body's core/trunk (abdominal, hip, and low back area). The core serves as a force coupled in the kinetic chain between the lower and upper extremities. Ground reaction forces travel through the lower extremities, through the core, and to the upper body when movement or application of strength occurs in a given task. A weak core will result in postural distortions, biomechanical dysfunction, and inefficient movement patterns.
In the past, therapists treated patients statically when they are laying down, instead of functionally. In Performance Therapy, instead of just assessing a patient statically, we also assess and test functionally with gravity and movement naturally being a factor. In the real world, we are constantly in a battle with gravity and force using multi-joint and multi-directional movements. Some examples of this would be: bending down and reaching to your side to pick up something off the floor, putting a baby in a car seat, or swinging a golf club.
When a patient comes to Performance Therapy concerned about a problem, we take these steps to help them:
"I have been running since the age of 15, raced in college and recently ran in the 2008 Olympic Marathon Trials. I was basically injury free until 2 months post trials. It was at that point that the 140 miles per week caught up with me and my idea that I was "indestructible" was put to rest. Running to me is like sleep; a necessity to function properly every day. When I discussed this with a client of mine, she immediately referred me to Mike Danenberg. I have been a firm believer in his services ever since.
Mike was able to correct a hamstring problem in a very short period of time to allow me to race a marathon. After that, I had a major accident on the trails in which I thought my running would be sidelined for months. Mike was again able to fix that problem with ART treatments and had me back running immediately. I then managed to have another issue in my right leg that allowed me to run no more than 4 minutes at a time without excruciating pain. Mike assured me that my running career was not over and with several treatments I could come back strong. A few weeks later I was up to an hour of running again. I can't thank him enough for helping me through this tough year of injuries. I now know that it is important to monitor even the smallest pains and twinges in order to prevent more serious injuries in the future.
I have referred many of my teammates, friends, and even my fiancé to Mike. He has been able to help all of them get back to normal training schedules. As a Registered Dietitian and Certified Personal Trainer myself, I am certain that Mike knows his stuff! He is able to describe to me exactly what he is doing and the reason for the treatment. I will continue to highly recommend his services in the future!"