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What is Active Release Techniques®(ART) to Individuals, Athletes, and Patients?

ART® 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 ART. These conditions all have one important thing in common: they are often a result of overused muscles.


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 become 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.


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 specific moves – 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.

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Lower Back Injury and what you can do!

Every year thousands of people suffer some type of lower back injury. This often requires a visit to their chiropractor as a result of gardening or doing some other type of yard work. This happens a lot in the spring when people are anxious to get outside and tend to their yards after months of being penned indoors by the winter season.

It is relatively easy to injure your back, especially if you are moving heavy objects around the yard. While good chiropractic care is always one of the first things you should do after receiving such an injury, you also want to consider the fact that chiropractic care, which occurs on a fairly regular basis, may help to curb some of these injuries in the first place as does following some common safety precautions when you are working in your yard. Our team can help you improve your readiness for the spring season using Active Release Technique, Chiropractic Manipulation, home exercise strategies, and improving your stretching at home as well!

There are a number of tips that can help you when it comes to preventing back injuries while you are working in your yard. Perhaps one of the most important things to remember is that in most cases, the more fit you are the less likely you are to suffer an injury of this type. Fitness is a good idea in any case and this is especially true when you are performing any type of rigorous physical activity. Good muscle tone and flexibility will go a long way toward helping you stay healthy and free from back injuries that can be very painful.

In addition, you always want to lift properly. Always lift with your knees and keep your feet in front of you approximately a shoulder length apart or even slightly wider. Whatever you do, always avoid lifting with your back. This is one of the primary reasons that people receive back injuries in the first place. Another thing you can do to reduce your chances of injuring your back is to use tools that work well for you. If you are an individual with a smaller build, you need to use smaller tools and try not to move things that are too heavy without help.

Of course, if you do feel tightness in your back, or you have had an especially hard day, you can typically relieve much of the tension by icing the muscles appropriately. If you prefer, you may want to alternate ice and heat in order to reduce inflammation and then relax the muscles. Ensure that you do not apply ice directly to the skin and that you use caution when applying heat as well.

It is always a good idea to visit your chiropractor on a regular basis even if you are not currently experiencing any problems. Professional golfers in particular have recently shown that they stay in top shape with semi regular visits to the chiropractor. This can prevent you from suffering a back injury or some other type of injury while you are working in your yard.

In the event that you do suffer an injury our team would be more than happy to help and can be an integral part of the recovery process. Working in your yard and getting ready for spring is something that most people enjoy, but it is also something that you should do carefully in order to ensure that you do not injure yourself. Be safe and contact us with any questions you may have.

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Hospital For Special Surgery – Introduction to Active Release

Just the other day on the Active Release Technique Facebook page, a special shout out went out to Christopher John Anselmi, Jr., DC who is the Chiropractor using Active Release Therapy at the Hospital For Special Surgery in New York, New York.  If treatments for Active Release are now being offered at a world class orthopedic hospital like the HSS, don’t you think possibly it’s something you can benefit from?  Give us a call if you would like to find out more – 856.228.3100.

The following is taken from the article on the HSS website:

ART® at the HSS Integrative Care Center

Dr. Christopher Anselmi, a board certified chiropractor at Hospital for Special Surgery’s Integrative Care Center, is Master Certified in Active Release Technique® (ART®).

What makes Active Release Technique® (ART®) different from other techniques

The difference between ART® and other techniques is that during an ART® treatment, the patient actively moves the affected structure (muscle or ligament) while the practitioner presses or maintains contact on the injured area. This allows the practitioner to feel the structure as it moves under their contact, and to effectively treat those restricted muscles, tendons, or ligaments.

Who might benefit from ART®

Over 500 specific moves make up the treatment protocols used in ART®, allowing the practitioner to tailor treatment to the unique needs of each patient.(1) Individuals who may benefit from ART® include:

— Members of the athletic community, both recreational and professional.

— Chronic pain patients with symptoms mimicking an overuse syndrome.

— Anyone who has not been able to find relief through conventional therapies.

Original Article:

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Outside Opinion – Shoes on the finishers at the Kona IronMan 2014

Competitor Magazine has become my new running magazine.  Dr. Kemenosh recently laid a copy on my desk to read and it has been fantastic!  The magazine was good, but the online content has been even better.  With Dr. Mark and I constantly giving each other the raspberries about running shoes and endurance training, I could not miss a link that appeared on Competitor magazines website.


Article:  Sole Man: The Shoes Of Ironman

Author:  Brian Metzler

Notes about the author:  Brian Metzler is the editor-in-chief of Competitor magazine. He has raced every distance from 50 yards to 100 miles and run in more than 700 pairs of running shoes in the past 25 years.

Authors Bio:

The article above, which I encourage you to take a look at if you like running shoes as much as Dr. Kemenosh and I, do shows that the top running shoes finishing at the Kona IronMan races last weekend were as follows, ASICS, Saucony, Newton, and Brooks.  No big surprise there, those all seem like very logical choices, however, when you go a little farther down the list, Dr. Kemenosh’s new love affair with the Hoka One One is being validated again as 6 percent of IronMan runners wore Hoka’s.  That is a huge climb from 2013 (1.9 percent) and 2012 (1.2 percent).  If you want me to quantify that a bit for you, more runners at the Kona IronMan wore Hoka’s than Mizuno, Zoot, Nike and New Balance!

The article goes onto explain that you can’t put too much stock into these findings as triathlon and long distance endurance athletes do tend to be a bit “gear crazy” as the author states.  Secondly, they were only to count shoes by the BRAND and it’s not a specific model count.  Ultimately, there is no serious science here, but it’s somewhat apparent that endurance and running athletes are making some choices with their feet out there.

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USA Women’s Soccer wins WORLD CUP, but the cool thing is that most played multiple sports in high school!

Reading about the US Women’s World Cup soccer team this beautiful Sunday afternoon led me to an article produced by USA Today stating that most of the players on the team were MULTI-SPORT athletes before focusing on soccer.  In the article written by Martin Rogers for USA Today Sports on July 3rd, 2015, Martin states that two of the team’s biggest stars attribute many of their great soccer skills to playing basketball, in addition to soccer at very high levels during high school.  These stars include Abby Wambach, who is wildly considered to be the best header of a ball in all of women’s soccer.  Abby goes on in the article to state that she credits her basketball days to helping develop her ability to time rebounds and jump into plays at full speed.

To read the original article at USA Today’s site, please visit:

Just as it was reported on earlier this year, in May of 2015, it was found that 224 of the 256 NFL draft picks were multi-sport athletes at the high school level.  Further stats are discussed in an article written by Cam Smith for USA Today High School Sports that 63 percent of the 2015 NFL Draft were actively part of their high school track teams.  Next up in stats it was found that 48 percent of the NFL Draft picks played basketball and around 10 percent were active in baseball at the high school levels.

To read the original article at USA Today’s High School Sports site, please visit:

In an interesting first hand event, while attending an open house night last summer hosted by Dr. Candice Holden and her team at the Nemours DuPont Children’s Hospital in Voorhees, NJ, we heard from the Philadelphia Flyers own Director of Player Development (and former player) who told his own story about becoming a professional athlete as the evenings guest speaker.  Lappy told everyone in attendance that he did not ultimately make the final decision to pursue hockey full time until he was 18 years old and noted many times that he enjoyed playing baseball and soccer.  Lappy stated that until he was 18, hockey was a sport you played mostly in the winter months, baseball being a spring/summer sport, and soccer being a summer/fall sport.  While his evidence is anecdotal at best, he feels strongly that his commitment to playing different sports helped him stay fresh and injury free for the start of all his seasons growing up.  The night overall had high notes discussing concussions and this was the main reason for Lappy being in attendance, since the guy not only had few throughout his career, but was also forced to leave the game he loved due to post traumatic concussion symptoms plaguing him after returning to training camp months after he took a puck to the orbital bone in the playoffs the year before that caused his optic nerve to also swell short term.

It was interesting to hear a former player and now member of a professional teams management discuss overuse injuries from sports specialization at too young of an age.  While he also spoke passionately about concussions and head trauma, it was very intriguing to hear him speak so fondly of being a three sport athlete in high school and how it sounded that he almost drug his feet in becoming a professional ice hockey player.

The event at Nemours was partially hosted in accordance with help from the Stop Sports Injuries campaign which is chaired nationally by the renowned orthopaedic surgeon, James R. Andrews, MD.  Dr. Andrews noted during his time actively in practice that overuse injuries in young athletes was becoming a critical issue that wanted addressed.  The campaign from STOP Sports Injuries is a fantastic resource for parents worried about overuse and over training injuries resulting from sports specialization at too young of an age.

If you would like to know more about the Campaign to STOP Sports Injuries, please follow this link:


Dr. Kemenosh and his associates, Dr. Craig Evans and Dr. Andrew Gross are all proud to be members of the STOP Sports Injuries campaign for youth athletes in the Southern New Jersey areas.

On a side note, how about Delran Townships own, Carli Lloyd?  Two time Olympian and now the record holder for the FASTEST HAT TRICK in Women’s World Cup History!  Scary good soccer player from the “South Jersey” area and Rutgers alum!  Congratulations Carli, you played lights out more than once in this tournament.

Check out talking all about the US Women’s World Cup here:


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How the HIP and KNEE are related in sports injuries

The end of July means many things to people; the summer winding down, last minute vacations taking place, and, most importantly, getting ready for back to school!  Yes, kids, it’s that time already, whether you like it or not.  The start of school means a lot for the students, especially those involved in sports.  Many teams will start their training and workouts soon, if they already haven’t.  Football, Cross Country, and so many other fall sports are most likely already practicing.  And when training ramps up, the body undergoes more work and stress; a sudden increase in physical activity is expected with that.  One important factor to keep in mind when students undergo this change is to monitor safe training otherwise injuries may occur before even the season begins.  Don’t get us wrong here, we love practice and training, but don’t forget these are still kids we are talking about! 

High school sports in the fall require lots of dynamic movement, including football, cross country, soccer, tennis, ice/field hockey, and more.  Common injuries seen in these sports are knee injuries, which at times can be devastating for young athletes.  These sports require lots of quick, sudden stopping/starting/moving actions, which place more stress on the knees.  If the knees are not provided with the sudden stability that is required for shifting movements (muscles/tendons/ligaments), then injuries are common.  Many people will shift their focus onto just strengthening the knee to help prevent these types of injuries but one important area is often ignored during this process: the hips.  That’s right, people.  The hips.  You may be wondering how the hips play an integral role in knee strength and stabilization, attributes that are imperative for sports.  Well, let’s get right into it!

In order to understand this connection and process, we need to first look at everything as a whole, which includes the ankle joint.  When running, inward rotation (aka pronation) of the foot allows for the ankle, lower leg, and upper leg to also roll inward.  This motion is important in the transferring of weight between steps which allows for the body to keep proper motion and momentum.  But if the hip lacks the ability to roll inwards along with the other body parts, a tug-of-war develops within the kinetic chain of movement between the hip and foot.  At one end, the foot wants to turn the ankle and lower leg inward.  The other end is the upper leg where the femur (aka thigh bone) inserts into the hip, creating a “ball and socket” joint that gives the structure its variable degrees of movement. If that socket joint isn’t provided with proper mobility, the weight and motion cannot follow through with proper movement and weight distribution, which flaws the mechanics.  The opposing forces have to dissipate somewhere due to the physics of it all.  Where do these forces go exactly?  To the knee, the medium between the ankle and hip.  Stress and dysfunction are created in the knee over time due to improper mobility of the hip, leading to faulty movement patterns and worse, injuries.

So after reading how the hip can attribute to knee injuries, you may be asking, “How does one get hip dysfunction?”  Well, high school kids are in just the right demographic for obtaining this.  One of the more common causes include sitting for extended periods of time, whether it be in classes, playing video games, sitting on the computer, and so on.  It may sound like that’s exactly what they’re doing even now.  Another common cause is overdoing athletic movements that only require two planes of movement, such as running and biking.  These events cause the hip muscles to shorten over time, decreasing range of motion and mobility.

If you have any reason to doubt or feel you have injured a structure in your body, feel free to give our office a call.  You won’t find a team more excited to assess and treat you anywhere in South Jersey!  You can reach any of our multiple offices by calling our central line at 856-228-3100.

I look forward to discussing some more important high school sports related injuries in the coming weeks!

Author:  Tim Legath, DC, ART

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HOCKEY AND GROIN INJURIES, don’t let them slow you down!

It’s truly hard to believe, but the hockey season is just around the corner!  With the fall coming up, high schools and colleges will soon begin their practice schedules, followed shortly thereafter by the regular season.  Don’t be surprised, though, when hockey players tell you they’ve been training all summer for the upcoming season.  Like every sport, ice hockey is played all year, weather being a non-factor as to when it can be played.  This allows players to skate almost daily, putting their bodies through intense blue line sprints, goalies moving side-to-side for hours, and many more dynamic and explosive movements.  This doesn’t include the intense off-ice conditioning and exercise that they do outside in the summer heat.  When school is out, they play hockey; plain and simple.  Without proper recovery between training sessions, it can lead to injuries that carry over into the regular season.  The most common injury is one that almost every hockey player has experienced, and one that can be devastating; the “pulled groin”.

This injury, more specifically a strain of the adductor muscles of the thigh, is commonly seen in hockey due to the movement of the legs and hip during a skating stride.  These are a group of muscles that bring your leg from outside to inside, assisting in creating an explosive step on the ice.  While this is a strong group of muscles that work in unison, they are often overworked in nature because of the amount that they must work through a practice or game setting.  Injury or strain to groin is most commonly caused by an “over-stride”, or when your leg is extended too far behind you after you push off with your hip and leg.  When this occurs, the adductor group gets stretched too far, leading to a strain.  Freak accidents are almost common in hockey, so a player who takes out another player may cause injury to the region.  The result of the injury leads to pain on the inside of the thigh, and the ability to push off and bring your leg in for a step forward feels almost impossible; as if you’re pushing as hard as you can and, yet, you are getting absolutely nowhere.

While groin injuries are common in ice hockey, they can be seen in all sports, especially those seen this coming fall.  Most notably of the other sports are football, soccer, field hockey, volleyball, and tennis.  These sports share a common theme: quick, subtle side-to-side movements that require the adductor group to help with speed transitions in different directions.

The good news for all of this you might ask, is Active Release Technique has successfully helped many hockey players get over all sorts of leg and groin problems from the professional ranks down to pee-wee!  Don’t let those nagging “undisclosed lower body injuries” slow you this season, give us a call to see if we can your hockey season skating smoothly!

Hockey injuries happen, give us a call if you aren’t feeling 100%!


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Monday, September 14, 2015 is the BIG DAY we open our Somers Point, NJ office! REPOSTING!

Originally posted on September 13, 2015 but our old blog was destroyed when we switched hosting companies!  This is a REPOST!

You read it correctly, tomorrow, Monday, September 14th, 2015 is the day we have packed up our great office on Ocean City, NJ and are heading for a little more space on the mainland in Somers Point, NJ.

The new office address is:

501 Bay Avenue
Suite 106
Somers Point, NJ 08244

Here is a link to Google Maps!

We know you Jersey Shore lovers need a better landmark than that, so we are just down the street from Clancy’s by the Bay and up the street from Caroline’s by the Bay, just on the other side of Bay Ave.  This same block of offices also hosts Atlantic Medical Imaging, Bachrach Physical Therapy, and a LabCorp.

If you have any questions at all, please call the main line at 856-228-3100.


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National Ninja League Event – Movement Lab – Hainesport, NJ

In the spring of 2016 (Febuary if memory serves me correctly) we were honored to help out with some amazing athletes at the National Ninja League event held at the Movement Lab in Hainesport, NJ.  Thanks to our friends at Pinnacle Parkour here in South Jersey, we were invited to help out with providing Active Release Technique to athletes with aches and pains!  As you can see from the pictures below, there was no small supply of bumps, bruises, sore low backs, and tight shoulders!

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Big shout out to Perry Oosterlee, the Netherlands Ninja who spotted us as soon as walked in!  I guess the tables and Active Release shirts just gave us away.  He was one of a few competitors who came all the way from Europe to compete in this event and he did quite well.

A huge thanks to the staff of the Movement Lab in Hainesport, NJ for inviting us in with open arms!

Here is some older video of Perry Oosterlee showing off his Ninja Warrior skills on a YouTube video!


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