Dr Nancy Augé

Dr. Augé has recently closed her practice, and is relocating to Utah. Healdsburg location is now closed.

The ART™ Protocol System. Less Treatment. Less Often. Better Results.

Performance Care

This is not about you coming in for treatment for extended periods of time. It's about you having a goal, long term or short, and taking the steps necessary to reach it. Whatever you feel is holding you back, let's figure it out. The combination of the movement analysis, along with leading edge manual therapy and the right corrective exercises, builds the equation for better results. Better results means pushing hurdles, faster gains and infinite success. When you know exactly what the restraint is and why it's there, you address the problem and find the solution, rather than hoping you hit the right mark. Even old issues and injuries can have remarkable advancement. Often chronic pain, limited range of motion, lack of stability or power can be resolved once the right plan is set into motion.

 

Active Release Techniques (ART™)

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ART is a breakthrough in the treatment of injury. A revolutionary form of manual therapy, it’s the first program specifically designed to evaluate and treat damaged soft tissue. ART can address and resolve many injuries previously considered untreatable—often in just a few visits. When soft tissue is injured, it literally “gets stuck”: Filaments of the tissue get bound together, forming dense scar tissue. These adhesions can alter biomechanics, entrap nerves and create pain. The hands-on system of ART protocols used to address the muscles, ligaments and tendons while the patient is in motion, provides the perfect set up for the ART practitioner to assess the damaged tissue and release it. The separation of the bound tissues allows them to rebuild, which in turn reduces pain and restores function. It sounds simple, yet the results can be dramatic, and immediate. Unlike traditional therapies for soft-tissue injury that offer only symptomatic relief, ART goes to the root of the problem to resolve injury and facilitate healing. Properly employed, its success rate is over 96%, even with such chronic problems as low back pain and rotator cuff tendonitis.  At Groundwork Performance, ART is combined with chiropractic care and functional movement training, to create even more comprehensive results—restoring optimal motion, power and control.

 

Chiropractic 

Healthy soft tissue is only one of the elements essential to fluid motion. Every part of the musculoskeletal system is interconnected. Movement is initiated by the nervous system: muscle-by-muscle, bone by bone, joint by joint. When anything is misaligned, the entire kinetic chain is affected. Joints that are fixated or misaligned can weaken muscles, cause pain, and impede the flow of energy to the rest of the body. At Groundwork Performance, we use classic chiropractic techniques to realign and mobilize the joints of the spine and extremities, resetting affected neurological transmission and reestablishing balance.

 

Functional Movement 

The premier human movement screening tests, the Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA®) and Functional Movement Systems (FMS®), are a series of full-body movement tests designed to assess fundamental patterns of movement. Basic movement skills, such as bending and squatting, are often dysfunctional in those with known musculoskeletal pain. When the clinical assessment is initiated from the perspective of the movement pattern, the clinician has the opportunity to identify meaningful impairments that may be seemingly unrelated to the main musculoskeletal complaint, but contribute to the associated disability. With this knowledge the appropriate course of treatment, focusing on both mobility and stability components, can be determined and carried through. Addressing the true dysfunctional movement patterns as opposed to the point of pain, which is often the case in traditional health care models, creates the potential for best possible outcomes for performance. In sports and in everyday life.

 

Corrective Exercise

Sometimes, when rehab exercises are attempted while the injured tissue is still weak and tight, the compromised area feels worse.  At Groundwork Performance, corrective exercise doesn’t begin until the injured tissue is restructured and the injury beginning to resolve. Only then is it time to rebuild strength and retrain the body to move. Only then is appropriate exercise recommended and functional movement patterning incorporated. The ART™ segment of treatment is critical to ensure and maintain a healthy, mobile, injury-free future. In most cases, patients with active lifestyles and disciplined training schedules will be able to continue these, though they may need to modify or supplement their routines for a while. Our goal is for you to walk away with strategies for maintaining optimal, pain-free movement — without the need for ongoing treatment.