More About Our Sports Chiropractic Techniques


Active Release Technique (ART) is a patented hands-on soft tissue management system designed to identify and treat scar tissue and adhesions that develop in muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. Repetitive stress, strains/sprains, muscle spasm and hypoxia (lack of oxygen) can lead to inflammation and the formation of dense scar tissue resulting in poor joint mechanics and loss of full function.

Our bodies own scar tissue removal systems are slow and often times ineffective, leading to chronic repetitive injuries. As a certified ART Provider, Dr. Francis, sports chiropractic professional, can quickly and efficiently remove the scar tissue, promoting optimal function and healthier tissue. Active Release Technique initially emerged in the NFL over a decade ago, and currently over 80% of professional sports teams in the U.S. utilize ART sports chiropractic practitioners to improve performance before and after events and to allow for faster healing of injuries.

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Graston Technique is an innovative, patented form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization that enables clinicians to effectively break down scar tissue and fascial restrictions. As a certified Graston provider, Dr. Francis utilizes specially designed stainless steel instruments to specifically detect and effectively treat areas exhibiting soft tissue fibrosis or chronic inflammation. The goal is to improve circulation, elasticity, and range of motion back to damaged soft tissue, thus restoring proper function and reducing risk of re-injury.

Graston Technique has become standard protocol in major universities and hospital-based outpatient facilities across the nation, as well as being used by NBA, NHL and Major League Baseball trainers.

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Kinesio-Taping is one of the most effective sports chiropractic techniques to treat overuse injuries in athletes today. Developed over two decades ago by a Japanese chiropractor, Kenzo Kase, DC, the technique is already widely used in much of the world, and was highly visible on many athletes in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.

Kinesio-Tape is fundamentally different from conventional sports tape, which limits range of motion and circulation by restricting movement of the affected muscle and joints. As a Certified Kinesio-Taping Practitioner (CKTP) and Certified RockTape Functional Movement Technique (FMT) Provider , Dr. Francis can utilize this highly elastic tape to improve range of motion of the injured muscle & joint, while lifting the skin and fascia away from the injured area. This will allow blood to flow properly and alleviate swelling, thus promoting healing.

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Cox Flexion-Distraction Technique is a gentle, chiropractic decompressive procedure specifically developed for the treatment of low back pain. Also known as Cox Decompression, it has become the most widely researched technique for the treatment
of low back and leg pain in the chiropractic profession. The unique design of the table allows the certified practitioner to slowly and gently reduce the pressures on the disc and intervertebral joints.


As a certified Cox Flexion-Distraction provider, Dr. Francis can promote retraction of herniated discs, reduce acceleration of arthritis and degeneration, relieve nerve compression, and promote self healing and rehabilitation of damaged discs. The result is pain relief and improved biomechanical function.

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So if you’re looking for a chiropractor Wilmington residents can trust for all their sports chiropractic needs, please contact Francis Optimal Performance Chiropractic today.