Manual Applied Therapies

Jenn Hartmann

Active Release Technique is a specific approach to manual therapy in which the practitioner applies localized tension over a musculotendinous junction in order to restore healthy movement among muscle, tendon and fascia.


Graston Technique is a specific approach to tool assisted manual therapy in which the practitioner utilizes clinical tools to both diagnose and treat areas of musculoskeletal dysfunction, muscle tension and local inflammation.


FAKTR  FAKTR (pronounced “factor”) is an acronym that stands for Functional and Kinetic Treatment with Rehab and is an advanced form of instrument assisted soft-tissue mobilization (IASTM).  The concept was co-developed by Dr. Tom Hyde and Dr. Greg Doerr.  FAKTR incorporates the latest research and evidence-based soft-tissue techniques into a comprehensive protocol to treat common disorders of the neuromusculoskeletal system and complicated injuries quickly and easily with impressive results.  The co-developers wanted a concept that included function and treatment of the kinetic chain while utilizing various forms of rehabilitation at the same time because they found this to be more effective and efficient in getting rid of their patients’ pains. This unique approach to treating in the position of provocation (pain, loss of range of motion, feeling of tightness within the fascia/soft tissues) during motion sets FAKTR apart from any other treatment protocol.  Dr. Jenn has had the unique opportunity to not only learn directly from Drs. Hyde and Doerr but also had the pleasure of assisting Dr. Hyde in one of his most recent teachings here in Pennsylvania.


Myofascial Release Therapy

Myofascial Release Therapy (aka Nimmo Receptor Tonus Technique), gives our patients an advantage to a treatment protocol that yields, quicker, more effective, longer lasting results and faster transition to a higher level of activity and an approach to wellness that is integrative, focusing on structural integrity, symmetry and balance. Technique is performed by manually scanning the muscles to detect the presence of noxious generative points similar to myofascial trigger points which cause improper muscle contraction and pain. The presence of these trigger points is the source of pain which can refer pain to other sites in the body causing structural adaptation and imbalance. The treatment consists of detection of these noxious points and application of digital pressure 10 to 12 seconds with a quick release. This technique requires the doctor of chiropractic to be extremely perceptive to the patient’s muscle tonus, a high degree of sensory and palpatory acuity to perform this technique.