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You should just use a condom and stop worrying about when you release.

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Interesting that you posted this question gerbil, I just made an appointment with the only ART Specialist in town to see if she can help me with some nagging shoulder and hip issues.

I see the new doc Tuesday so I'll post how it goes. I would like to hear if anyone has any experience with ART though.

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I've heard amazing things about the technique. I've also heard it hurts like a youknowwhat when done correctly. One of our massage therapists is in the process of getting certified but, by her efforts on me, it appears that she still has a lot of learning to do :thumbsup: Like any method, it really depends on the skill of the practitioner. Good luck with the shoulder and hip bbbom.

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First treatment today and I'm impressed. I've gone to several different chiro's over the years (had scoliosis since I was a youngster) but this time was much different than the others.

She did adjustments for my neck & hip similar to other chiro's I've been to but when she did the ART work, similar to an intense deep tissue massage on the problem areas with some specific stretching as she applied pressure to the muscles, it relieved the tightness in the muscles. It is not a comfortable feeling, somewhat painful but I have always had a pretty high pain tolerance, especially in a situation such as this.

She also gave me some specific stretches to work on and some weightlifting excercises to add to my normal lifting routine.

I've been a volleyball player for a long time, HS, Division I College and a few years on the beach and I've always loved to just pound the ball so my right shoulder has been a problem over the years. Starting my CR500 has started to give me a nagging pain in the butt, literally too.

I will go to 3 more treatments (Friday, Tues & Friday) and see where we are at. As long as I work on my stretches and my posture at the computer she feels I should be good to go. With my activity level and propensity to overdo things along with the occasional crash & burn she feels that after the 4 treatments, I should be on a come in as needed schedule.

On another note, I asked about how ART could benefit my 14 yo son who is waiting for his ACL Recon Surgery and she said that they have had good results later in his rehab with working on the leg muscles that were affected. So, if this works for me I'll be bringing the kid in eventually.

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I had about 20 treatments on my Left side, all the soft tissue from Glutes to feet. It is helpful. It is basically myofascial release through a muscles full range of motion. I believe it is a good compliment to a comprehensive therapy program. It will not solve an underlying mechanical dysfunction. It is expensive. The chiropractor that performed ART on me charged $40.00 per 15 minute session.

Good luck

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I had my second treatment yesterday and I feel that it is working for both my hip and my shoulder.

The doc gave me some stretching excercises to do and I try to do those twice a day after I workout. She also gave me some weightlifting movements to add to my normal routine to correct an imbalance in my back muscles.

I have two more treatments lined up and since if finally rained I may even get to ride in the next couple days so I'll see if the ol 5hunny makes the hip flare back up or not.

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