A.R.T. in Morgan Hill, CA
What is A.R.T. and How Does It Work?
Active Release Techniques (ART) is a non-surgical way of diagnosing and treating myofascial adhesion/scar tissue within muscles, fascia, tendons and ligaments. When soft tissue is injured, it literally "gets sticky": Filaments of the muscle tissue get bound together, forming dense scar tissue or adhesions, restricting blood flow and oxygen delivery to the muscles. This causes the muscle to become tight and leathery, like a leather belt rather than an elastic rubber band. These adhesions impede movement, cause the muscle to become less elastic and less flexible, and may entrap nerves. The "gluing" together of the muscles leads to pain, weakness, and improper function. The pain comes and goes and each flare-up is a little worse. The cycle continues.
Dr. Mike Leahy, the founder of Active Release Techniques, explains more, "The 'art' of it all is being able to know where to look for adhesions, how to feel for them and how to use active motion of the body part to break them up. Active motion separates this procedure from most other soft-tissue manipulation techniques. To break an adhesion, you actually have to put your thumb and fingers on it and make it move in a way that breaks it away from the tissues."
During a session, both the doctor and the patient can feel the adhesion break apart. "It kinda hurts," Leahy says. "But most people describe it as 'hurts good'. " The results are usually noticeable within the first few treatments. While some patients need further treatments, many can maintain the improvements with a proper diet, exercise and a stretching/strengthening program.
A.R.T. is not massage. Deep tissue massage, rolfing, and trigger point techniques all use a kneading motion or deep pressure to "smash" the adhesion. A.R.T uses lighter pressure and more friction to "shear" the adhesion. Trying to crush an adhesion can lead to damaging the healthy muscles tissue.. A.R.T. uses more tension and friction to break up adhesions in the injured areas of the muscle. For additional information visit www.activerelease.com.
Boy am I real happy I found Dr. Armen at active Spinal and care. He is a true professional at what he does and he sincerely cares about my health! I am anazed at the soft tissue work he does on me, and how helpful to my care and adjustments it is. This is my third visit only and I'm feeling Soo much better! I suffer from chronic, horrible headaches and he has been able to adjust me all three times. I have been to chiropractors for many years, and not one of them has ever done any tissue work which is so important for treating each condition. I thank you with all my 💓 for your care, and I'll see you soon! You and your staff are wonderful!
Fantastic Chiropractic Office all the way around!
Dr. Armen was absolutely fantastic! He was a very professional and knowledgeable chiropractic doctor and was able to diagnose my issue quickly and apply the best remedies. I was in a lot of lower back pain, and he and his staff were able to fit me into an already busy schedule to help bring relief as quickly as possible. I am grateful for the great and sensible solutions that he was able to provide.
Best care anywhere!
Been going to active spinal for years. Twisted my knee and was seen the next day. Knee is sore, but it feels wayyyyy better. Beats a shot or pills. Thanks again to the team at spinal!
Friendly, Caring and Very Knowledgeable
I am very thankful to have been referred to Dr. Armen. I think he and his very professional, friendly, caring staff are amazing. I always feel so welcomed as each staff person is so attentive. I deal with a lot of pain and he always listens first and then takes the time I need to help get my body back into healing mode. He truly cares about his patients and I can say that he has helped me very much! He is very knowledgeable in his field and I have learned much about how to better take care of myself and even what is causing the pain. I highly recommend the office of Dr. Armen Agacanyan!
Dr. Armen has been helping me for over 10 years. I've had upper and lower back pain over the years. He's helped me every time, also he is very gifted and intuitive. He has a good bedside manner and always makes me feel comfortable. His office staff ladies are always professional and very friendly. I would Highly recommend Dr. Armen.
Professional, Friendly and accommodating
I have been a patient on and off Dr. Armen for over 10 years. I have always received awesome care from him and his staff. He always explains what he is doing and why. I always feel cared for there. I would not go to any other DC, him and the staff are fabulous! Thanks a million!
Simply the best
Every time I come in, I am reminded how terrific Dr. Armen and the entire staff are to work with. So nice, so friendly, and always offering excellent care and compassion. I also love how they work with you on solutions that work best for you.
Very knowledgeable and friendly staff
Entire staff is very friendly and professional. Office is well organized and the doctor takes his time explaining and diagnosing the problem at hand. Felt very confident and comfortable during the procedures
This was my first time going to a Chiropractor and I have to admit I have always been skeptical, however, my appointment with Dr. Armen felt very comfortable and informative. I felt very confident with his service and recommendations. Also, very impressed with his supporting staff's professionalism and patient care. Excellent experience!
jStanding tall !
I love coming to Dr. Armend's as I always leave standing taller and feeling so much better! I have been having lower back and shoulder issues and my session's always make a positive difference. Being given exercises to do at home help keep things on track also. It's always a pleasant visit , as the staff is always cheerful . Everything is very organized and you don't have long waits.
Best! Will help you keep your body moving and healthy
I have been coming to Dr. Armen for years and know that my visits have kept my body functioning. Through migraines, marathons, injuries and random aches, Active Spinal has helped me. The office staff is wonderful and the treatments always help. I recently pinched something in my neck probably due to a cough that got out of hand and the result was being unable to turn my head. After 1 treatment, I was much improved and also received wonderful homework to help continue the healing process at home. I can't recommend this place enough. If something hurts, get Armen to help you fix it, don't just cover up your pain with meds and hope it goes away.
My sons back was hurting for a few days but didn’t know the severity of it until he took his shirt off and his spine looked like a “S”. I immediately called Dr Armen for an emergency visit to have him looked at by him. He managed to squeeze him and at the end of his shift and did what he could that day. He woke up feeling so much better and after a follow up visit, I have no doubt he will be pain free again without a big “S”. Thank you for your care and extra time you put in for him.
Dr. Agacanyan is a consummate professional. I felt very confidant under his care and my ailments responded immediately. I haven't felt this good for a year. He took extra time to make sure I wasn't so tight before I was adjusted which made it much more comfortable with little pain. His staff is also very professional and made me feel right at home. Thank you Doc!
Dr. Armen is outstanding!
Dr. Armen is outstanding. I have been to many chiropractors over my lifetime and Dr. Armen works amazingly well for me. Muscle work along with my adjustments does the trick. Only two appointments and I feel fantastic. Hip problem 80% gone already! Numbness in my pointer finger gone. He worked on the muscles in my knee. I have one more appointment and then he says just come in as needed. No weekly or monthly visits. So happy to have found him - and right here in my home town!
Great Doctor, Staff and Services!
Dr. A has always quickly and efficiently taken care of any issues I have come to him for. I had pain in my neck and shoulder some years ago that kept me from sleeping well for years. After a few sessions working on the soft tissue he completely eliminated the pain and it hasn't been back since. I recently came back after I started having some pain high in my back that started since I have taken up traditional archery and after 2 sessions with Dr. A and working on the targeted stretches and exercises from Eric that pain is practically gone. If I continue to do the homework It should be completely gone in no time.
Dr. Armen's knowledge, experience, and personal care put me at ease that I will be back in optimal condition to keep up with my active lifestyle.
Great first visit
Every one of the staff were polite and well knowledgeable about the body and appropriate treatment for the issue/injury. I felt better after my first visit and am looking forward to future ones.
Very professional office & staff
Dr. Agmen went right into my issue and targeted the problem on the spot. His office staff and therapists were excellent. I am glad I found them
Professional, great service
Dr. Armen and his staff are wonderful. I have not been disappointed with the service, care and results.
Would highly recommend
Dr. Armen helped me with some hip flexor issues I was having. After only one treatment I felt so much better and was able to walk without pain and even start running again. Eric gave me stretches to do daily which have also helped me to be pain free for the first time in six months.
Professional skill, friendy.
I am a runner, but I spanned my ankle in Jan. I was seeing several doctors, but my foot condition didn't have any improvement. I got depression since I couldn't go out to run with my friends. My co-worker Dave Campton referred Dr. Armen to me. I felt much better even I just only had one treatment. And what to inspire me up is that Dr. Armen told me that I only need one more treatment then I am able to back to my running field. I really give thank to Dr. Armen Agacanyan to let me run again. I wish that I knew him back to Jan. So I don't have to suffer so much. Thank you!
Can't wait to go back!
Dr Armen knows his stuff. He is thorough and very easy to engage with. I appreciate how he really listened to everything I was telling him and offered effective techniques for each ailment. I have never felt better or more confident walking out of a doctor's office than I did that day. I am looking forward to my next visit.
Professional staff, excellent doctor
From my initial contact with the office for an appointment I have been impressed. The staff are professional, caring and make every effort to get you on the schedule. I came in with neck/shoulder issues and left that first visit feeling so much better, the soft tissue work he did was fantastic. Dr. Armen is knowledgable, friendly and makes a patient feel comfortable. I also met with Eric and received exercises which have helped immensely. There is no pushing for appointments that aren't necessary. Dr. Armen is honest and gets a patient back to good health in a timely manner. I couldn't be happier, I wish I found them sooner! I highly recommend Dr. Armen.
Friendly, professional, caring office
I felt well taken care of, from the minute I was greeted with a friendly smile, never having to wait, until the treatment by Dr. Armen. His evaluation was very thorough, and the treatment seems to really make a difference! I have felt great all day! So glad I decided to come to this office! Highly recommend!!
Aweseome and friendly service
I have been to Dr. Armen twice now. My second visit confirms that I have made the right choice in seeing this chiropractor. At 70 years of age my body needs the best care. I have been to quite a few chiropractors over the years and am most concerned about adjustments to my neck. I feel happy and satisfied with the careful adjustments Dr. Armen does to this area. I very much like that he does soft tissue work prior to doing an adjustment. I highly recommend his services!
High quality service
Feeling great relief. Thx!
Been a patient for 3 years, whenever ive been injured or needed a body "tune up" i always leave satisfied and get healed properly.
What a pain in the neck.
After suffering a neck and shoulder strain over the weekend, I was so glad Cheryl was able to fit me in first thing Monday morning. I've been coming here for over 5 years now and really appreciate the treatments. Keep up the good work guys.
Best care in Morgan Hill
This is the second time I visited Dr Armin and he delivered again. Results right away, relief from my neck issues, expert advice and a caring manner. Would not consider going anywhere else,
Outstanding Work-Grateful Patient
I went to the office after a frozen neck problem got the best of me. I was in utter pain. The office got me in asap and worked on me the next day as well. After only 2 treatments I am already feeling much release. Dr. Armen did some deep pressure-release work before the adjustment, which seemed to really help break up my spasm. I know he worked hard as I was sore (good sore) the next day. I will go back in about 10 days for a follow up treatment. What I appreciated most was the detail to my case as well as not feeling like I was being sold a medical package. He was more about fixing the problem and moving on. He said 2-3 treatments should do the trick! I'm very satisfied with the treatment and center and would highly recommend the services to anyone who needs it.
The definition of professionalism
I wish other service industries would be more like Dr. Armen. Never a bad experience. Always a great experience!
Exceptional professional care, great office staff
Dr Armen has been treating our family for over 5 years and our experience has always been exceptional. Dr Armen was instrumental in the diagnosis of a genetic abnormality with our daughter's ankle. After surgery, he assisted with her recovery and rehabilitation. Our son is also a patient and has been treated for various issues due to sports. Dr Armen explains treatment, course of action and provides solid information for recovery. Office staff is friendly, helpful and courteous. I highly recommend Active Spinal & Sports Care.
Armen is great
I've been seeing Dr Armen for close to 10 years now. He is professional and always finds a way to get you feeling better than when you walked in. He's truly concerned about your well being.
Best chiroprator I've ever been to!
I am so happy to have found Dr. Armen! He asked a lot of questions, listened carefully and thought about everything. I was pretty messed up when I went in and felt like a million bucks when I left. A few days earlier, I'd been to the ER with pinched nerves due to back misalignment that were causing very severe pain and muscle spasms. The pain quickly subsided after my visit to his office. He's excellent at his job and it's obvious he loves what he does - helping people to be at their best. His entire staff is super and I highly recommend Active Spinal & Sports Care.
I was recommended here by a co-worker/Friend that has been to 3 different dr. for her knee problem. After she saw Dr. Agacanyan she wouldn't stop bragging about him. So I just had to see for my self and sure enough she was right. There was no wait time the ladies in the front office were really nice and Dr. Agacanyan is a really great doctor he helps you find a solution for your problem. I my self have gone to different Chiropractors and all they really do is give me an adjustment. Dr. Agacanyan actually explain to me what is causing the problem from the way my life style is, he also gave me a few tips on how to correct the discomfort in my back. Turns out I already have the tools I just didn't know how to use them properly. I highly recommend him.
Professional, Courteous, Friendly and Helphul
I am so grateful I am seeing Dr. Armen. I had low back surgery a year ago, have extensive nerve damage and Dr. Armen understands it and is working on my back to the point that I am beginning to think I will be relatively pain free now that I am seeing him. I am done with pain pills, muscle relaxants and am already feeling less pain even though I have only seen him a few times. I intend to keep visiting him for as long as it takes. I am excited.
Fantastic, Quality Care
The entire staff, including Dr. Armen, are very kind and knowledgable. My husband and I both starting going to Dr. Armen a few weeks ago and he really tries to help us understand what may be going on with our bodies and also recommends alternative things to try. I can always appreciate someone who can provide me with options when it comes to my care and I don't always want to hear that medicine is the only option. Dr. Armen and his staff are fantastic and I would and am recommending them to everyone.
Very professional and Friendly
From the moment I walked into the front door I was greeted by two very nice ladies at the reception desk who introduce themselves to me. Dr. Armen was very polite and professional. He took the time to listen to me and provide positive feedback. I can't wait to work with him and his team.
I have been to many chiropractors in my day, but Dr Armen was the best. He worked the deep tissue like no one else and got the biggest adjustments. He combines a couple of different techniques. It's very effective.
I had a great experience with this chiropractor's care. He asked many questions to make sure that he was giving me the proper care that I needed. He sent me home with supplies to help with my back pain. I really felt that he cared about helping me as much as he could. We are lucky to have this chiropractor in our city.
Amazing chriopractor and lovely office ladies!
I had the greatest experience at Active Spinal! Never has anyone treated my kids with such respect and totally treated my back pain with such knowledge! I am so grateful to have found them!!!
Felt better already after my first visit and each thereafter. Dr. Armen is knowledgable, friendly, and offers a great approach to healing the body as a whole. Plus a very friendly and helpful office staff. Highly recommend.
Dr. Armen is amazing, felt so much better! The staff is friendly and supportive.Thank you all.
Armen is the best!! I feel so much better after every visit
Post pregnancy adjustment
I had a baby three months ago and had an intense labor and delivery. That coupled with a newborn gave me a messed up back. Today Dr Armen was really helpful in getting me back to normal! Back and neck feel so much better!
Dr. Armen is the best... where I once thought my days in the gym were over with a little help and a lot of maintanence I am stronger then ever with a whole new routine and Dr. Armen is to thank. His office staff its the absolute best... love this place!! Thank you all!! Highly recommend to all my friends and family!!
Dr. Armen is a great Chiropractor. He has help me with my Hip, shoulders, leg and neck. He uses many different techniques to relieve pain. He cares about the result and wants you to feel better.
High Equality Service in a Welcoming Environment
I was involved in an auto accident which led to having to see a chiropractor. I was referred to Dr. Armen from an already loyal patient, who recommended this wonderful practice as she knew I would like it and feel at ease; she was totally correct. Dr. Armen and Cheryl were so pleasant and made first few appointments not even feel like I was at a chiropractic office. I then recommended that my father go see Dr. Armen for his back issues, I was so pleased. Definitely the best first chiropractic experience for myself. I recommend anyone who has any chiropractic needs, to head straight to Dr. Armen. Thank you all again for such a wonderful experience. I will continue to see Dr. Armen for any related issues!
High Quality Service,Profession & friendly
I have been seeing Dr.Armen since he took over the business.He is up to date on all new methods compare to all of the other chiropractors I have seen in the past I always fell better after treatments with Dr.Armen.
Always available when needed
Dr. Armen was able to see me the same day I requested an appointment. He has been instrumental in continuing to improve my 'quality of life'. The customer service he and his staff provide is exceptional.
High Quality of Service, and Professionalism
Made appointment to see Dr. Armen, after days of back pain, and again totally satisfied with staff how are friendly and willing to help. Dr. Armen's expertise and care and concern are spot on, and comforting. After treatment already feel a difference, feel everyone cares about you as the patient, and take care of your every need. THANK YOU!!! You all are excellent in customer service and care.
Simply put... The best out there!
I've been seeing Dr. Armen for over 3 years or more. Usually do not see a conventional Dr. for obvious reasons. They listen, concerned and the mood is light and humorous. Been seeing chiropractors for a very long time and this is the best I've ever been! Thank you Active spinal care for all you do! Warmest regards, Michael R...
Simply Put, The Best
I have seen numerous doctors seeking treatment for a problem I've had for about 10 years. Due to a car accident I was in almost a year ago my problem was further aggravated, to the point I could hardly function. Dr. Armen is literally the FIRST doctor I've seen for my issue in all these years that I felt took the time to listen to me and also took a genuine interest in helping me. I am so thankful to have found him, as he has truly been a lifesaver. While other doctors have been dismissive, he has not. I only wish all doctors could be as kind and patient as he is. He instinctively knows how to make you feel comfortable and puts you immediately at ease. I encouraged my husband to start seeing Dr. Armen for back issues and he couldn't believe the difference just one appointment made. Two additional appointments later and he feels amazing, good as new. He also found Dr. Armen to be pleasant and down to earth. Our experience has been so great that I am now going to be bringing my teenage daughter to him as well. I would highly recommend Dr. Armen to anyone and everyone. He is attentive to your needs and doesn't mind explaining in detail any underlying issues you may be having. He doesn't make you feel like an idiot for asking questions either. He explains things in clear terms and doesn't mind repeating them from one appointment to the next until you feel comfortable that you understand. He tells it like it is and is extremely helpful in directing your care. His bedside manner couldn't be better, and his office staff is also extremely friendly and helpful. I've been seeing him for about 8 months for treatment and every single visit has been great. I don't have a single complaint about Dr. Armen, and you won't either.
Finally Getting Results
For 30 years I visited a chiropractor who used only the activator method to treat me. I would get results, but some ailments would take many adjustments before getting better. Our boys became patients of Dr. Armen first, about a year ago, and they would always tell us how amazing he was and how he helped them. They would encourage my husband and I to see him too, but honestly I was afraid to go. The reason? The thought of having my bones "cracked" scared me. I had never been treated any other way than through the use of the activator. Three months ago I had developed a sever sciatica nerve pain. I went to my chiropractor and she adjusted me, but it did not help. I was limping as I walked and the pain was so bad. This gave me the desire to seek other help and that is when I first went to Dr. Armen. I was very nervous and afraid of being "cracked", but he had such a relaxing disposition and knew exactly how to make me feel safe and comfortable. He adjusted me in several places and it wasn't as bad as I had imagined. Only one week after seeing Dr. Armen, the sciatica pain was gone! Then I got in a minor car accident, so I have continued to see him every two to three weeks. He uses many different techniques to fix my body, including massaging the area first in order to loosen it up. I think he is very gifted and intuitive. He also is full of helpful advice regarding diet, exercise, vitamins, herbs, and natural remedies of all sorts. He has good bedside manners and always makes me feel comfortable and valued. He is also down to earth and very intelligent; my husband and I always enjoy our conversations with him. His work shows how he really cares about people and making them better. Every time I leave his office I thank God for bringing Dr. Armen into our family's lives. His office staff are some of the kindest, sweetest, caring ladies I've ever encountered at a physicians office. I HIGHLY recommend you give Dr. Armen a try.
Dr Armen is simply the best!
Years of competitive sports, and full contact mixed martial arts has left my aging body tattered. Working a real job full time for the last decade has also given my body a strange sedentary experience that has been more destructive than restful. But through the years, Dr Armen has helped keep me flexible and functional. I have seen a dozen chiropractors, and sports doctors, and Dr Armen is simply the best. He is very knowledgeable, and researches constantly, but just as importantly, he is strangely intuitive. He perceives and diagnoses so well, I commonly have the remark, "My doctors at Kaiser have all tried, but I need your help." And every time, Dr Armen comes through for me. To summarize, Dr Armen is very personable, professional, kind and caring, but overall, simply the best. Thank you Dr Armen for keeping me put together, and encouraging me along the way!
I have always appreciated the way Dr. Armen provides his treatment. It's always focused on getting me better and functioning, not on making more appointments. Fortunately, my body seems to respond the treatment, so when I come in, I leave functioning better. I appreciate the interest Dr. Armen shows in helping me and his patients.
Problem solver in a friendly way!
Being a patient for many years to the point that I have now to drive 1 hour one way to go there since we moved, but I fully trust Dr. Armen which is a critical element when visiting a chiropractor... Thank you to him, I can still being very active in practicing sports that I like.
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