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Manual Therapy + Movement

The Dauntless style bucks traditional treatment models and brings together chiropractic, massage and rehab efforts into one treatment approach. Manual therapy + movement is what we're all about and our advance training helps us accomplish this goal. From professional athletes to people training for their first 5K to grandmothers that just want to be able to lift their grandkiddos there is one thing we all have in common: everyone has a body.

Everyone can benefit from moving better. 

Acupuncture/Dry Needling

In the state of Minnesota, sports chiropractors are required to become board licensed in acupuncture before being allowed to utilize dry needling therapy for chiropractic care. This involves 100’s of hours of clinical training and passing a national board exam. Dry needling therapy is a highly effective, sports chiropractic technique in which acupuncture needles are inserted into a trigger point, muscle spasm, tendon, or ligament.  The intention is to decrease the tone and tension of the soft tissue and promote scar tissue remodeling. Often when this technique is performed, it results in a muscle twitch followed by a reflexive relaxation of the muscle. 

Active Release Technique/ movement based massage

ART is a patented, state of the art soft tissue system/movement based massage technique that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. These conditions all have one important thing in common: they are often a result of overused muscles. Every session is actually a combination of examination and treatment. The ART provider uses his or her hands to evaluate the texture, tightness and movement of muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments and nerves. Abnormal tissues are treated by combining precisely directed tension with very specific patient movements to remove adhesions causing symptoms (

Physical Medicine/ prescribed exercise

At Dauntless Clinic each patient has a physical rehabilitation program tailor made to help them reach their specific goals. Corrective exercises are prescribed to address deficiencies that have developed overtime as the result of an injury. Resolving the soft tissue injury in conjunction with rehabilitating the area is what helps produce long last results. The key to a successful physical rehabilitation program is a set of carefully prescribed exercises and patient participation.

Adjustment/ mobilization

Chiropractic looks to affect joints that have lost normal motion between them and restores that functionality. This is done by utilizing what is called a joint manipulation. To perform this a joint is taken to its end range of motion and then quickly pushed slightly past it. This quick stretch helps induce motion in the joint capsule, ligaments and surrounding tissues thus aiding in restoration of full joint movement. Chiropractors go through extensive training to perform this technique appropriately and safely. This procedure is often associated with a “pop” or “click” sound called cavitation which is a reduction of pressure within the joint cavity. If joint manipulation is contraindicated or not appropriate for your case a joint mobilization may be used which stretches the joint but does not push it past its end range of motion.

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Graston/ instrument assisted mobilization

Originally developed by athletes, Graston Technique® is an evidence-based form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization that enables clinicians to effectively address scar tissue and fascial restrictions through comprehensive training, resulting in improved patient outcomes. The technique uses specially-designed stainless steel instruments, along with appropriate therapeutic exercise, to specifically detect and effectively treat areas exhibiting soft tissue fibrosis or chronic inflammation. The instruments also are used diagnostically following the kinetic chain, to locate and treat the cause of the symptoms as well as the specific area of pain (

Transverse Friction Massage/ injury massage

Transverse Friction Massage is used at the site of injury to break down scar tissue and also provide a numbing effect. Scar tissue, which is present with every injury, diminishes tissue contractibility which reduces range of motion. Scar tissue also has a higher percentage of pain receptors in it. By breaking down this scar tissue, other soft tissues are able to maintain their mobility and heal in a functional way and your sensation of pain in the area is decreased.

Fascial Movement Taping/ rocktape

Rocktape is a type of kinesthetic tape that was designed with 5 main premises. One, it looks to interrupt the body’s pain sensation process directed at the brain. Two, RockTape (on a microscopic level) lifts the skin from the layers of fascia and muscle beneath it to allow for greater blood flow, which helps an area heal and push out inflammation. Three, RockTape states that research has shown tape on the skin can attenuate muscle fatigue, thus allowing injured areas to heal, and also providing extra support to structures currently helping the injured area compensate. Four, RockTape helps deactivated muscles, reactive and helps calm overactive muscle. Five, RockTape allows muscle to move freely, as opposed to rigid taping. This also helps distribute forces throughout soft tissue structures nearby.

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