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Active Release Technique

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Brandon Reiff might see himself as forever young. But at age 32, his body is telling him something different. "I have a torn calf, plantar fasciitis, I've torn my hamstring."

That's why he's getting a very specialized physical therapy called Active Release Techniques from Tracy Wilson of Performance Therapy Reno. "ART is a very specific soft tissue treatment designed specifically to get to soft tissue buildup, scar tissue, adhesions in the soft tissue that are preventing normal range of motion in the tissues."

Brandon is hoping an Achilles tendon injury will heal quickly. He has a very personal reason for running the Boston Marathon this year. He was there last year, when the two bombs went off. He was two blocks away in a food court. "Hear screams and people are running full speed at you. I thought there was a shooter in the building and you start running for your life."

Brandon is a strong member of the running community. He's been the top Nevada finisher at the Boston Marathon the last two times he's done it. In fact, last year he finished the race in 2 hours 33 minutes, and was a top 100 finishers in the race that has 30,000 runners. And he says Tracy Wilson is his best bet at getting back there this year. "ART definitely helps me get out there as fast as I can."

Wilson manually palpates muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia to find fibrotic tissue. Sometimes the problem is as small as a grain of rice. "It goes into that cycle where it creates scar tissue, continues to create pain until you release the tension on the Achilles by finding that fibrotic tissue and breaking it up so the muscle fibers can move again like they're supposed to and get that full range of motion back."

And hopefully Brandon will be back in full motion at the Boston Marathon on April 21st. "With the running community, it's so strong, you just want to be there. It's hard to explain but I just feel I need to be back there to be a part of this."

Performance Therapy Reno is located at 1000 Bible Way suite #73.  For more information go to

Written By Wendy Damonte
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