Sports Injury Care //
Active Release Techniques® "is an evidenced-based hands-on approach to injuries of muscles, tendons, fascia, nerves and the surrounding soft tissues." It is applied by hand using a very specific pressure and tension on the damaged muscle involved while moving the muscle underneath the contact (thumb or fingers of doctor's hand). "The affected tissue is trapped while the body part is moved, taking the tissue from its shortened to elongated position. Relative motion between tissues is introduced in order to restore gliding between those tissues". This method softens and stretches the scar tissue, resulting in increased range of motion, increased strength, and improved circulation which optimizes healing.
Dr. Steven Horwitz, DC was certified from 1999 - 2014. He was certified in: lower extremities, upper extremities, spine, masters, nerve entrapments, and active palpation.
Quotations from: Leahy, Michael. Improved Treatments for Carpal Tunnel and Related Syndromes. Chiropractic Sports Medicine 9(1):6-9, 1995
Graston Technique® is an advanced form of myofascial release. using patented stainless-steel instruments, which are contoured to complement the body's shapes and curves. The instruments are designed to facilitate a clinician's hands, not replace them. The Graston Instruments, much like a tuning fork, resonate in the clinician’s hands allowing the clinician to isolate adhesions and restrictions, and precisely treat them.
Dr. Steven Horwitz is the only fully certified provider of Graston Technique in Rockwall County, Texas. Read this article Why Pro Athletes Are Flocking To An Instrument-Assisted Healing Method Known as The Graston Technique
ROCKTAPE works by acting as a protective stretchy layer over a muscle that assists the muscle in its normal function while it is healing and improves athletic performance by enhancing muscle movement patterns. When applied properly, ROCKTAPE lifts the skin away from the muscle, which promotes blood flow and lymphatic drainage. This increased flow helps the body remove biochemical waste products like lactic acid and dramatically reduces any swelling. It improves a muscle’s ability to contract, protects against cramping, improves joint range of motion and helps decrease pain. ROCKTAPE can be worn up to 5 days. It is 100% organic cotton and can be worn while swimming or in the shower. I have very sensitive skin and ROCKTAPE is the least irritating of all kinesiology tapes I have used in the past.
Dr. Horwitz is a chiropractor in Rockwall County, Texas and a Kinesio-taping Certified provider.
Ambulatory Spinal Decompression
The Vertetrac is a patented, state-of-the-art ambulatory traction/decompression system for the treatment of lumbar spine injuries and disorders like bulging and herniated discs, sciatica, spinal stenosis, and scoliosis. Vertetrac outperforms traditional traction by combining traction with horizontal force to enable simultaneous 3D decompressive traction therapy from every dimension. This "traction on the move" concept is based on combining motion with traction which simultaneously decreases pressure, enables fluid exchange, improves range of motion and promotes recovery. It can also be used for recovery from too much sitting, manual labor, and sports due to the tremendous compressive forces these activities apply to the spine.
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Ambulatory Cervical Traction
Cervico 2000 is an ambulatory traction device for the treatment of acute and chronic neck pain based on an entirely new three-dimensional traction approach to treatment. Cervico 2000 goes beyond pain relief to targeting the actual cause of the pain by actively promoting the healing of disorders and injuries such as herniated discs, torticollis and whiplash. Cervico 2000 breaks away from conventional neck braces and wall mounted devices to offer an autonomous solution that can be customized to fit the patient's needs. The key to the Cervico 2000's approach is its ability to conduct both symmetric and asymmetric traction to the cervical spine.
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Thor's Hammer RRS
Percussion & Vibration Therapy
Pain sucks and recovery is hard. Getting through the day can be a challenge. A sports doc, a systems engineer, and a group of athletes got together. Decades of experience in the sports and manual labor fields proved invaluable in creating the ultimate therapy device.
Thor's Hammer Resilience and Recovery Solutions offers education and targeted solutions to the recovery puzzle. Our intent to help you determine the optimal recovery protocols for your body.