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Rehabilitation Strategies in Arundel Maine • Dr. Robin Linster
Serving Arundel, York County, Kennebunk, Kennebunkport, Lyman, Biddeford & Alfred, Maine

Rehabilitation strategies to help practice members recover from injury are uniquely designed.  For instance, a practice member with sciatica is not treated the same necessarily and for excellent reasons.  Impingement of the sciatic nerve can occur in multiple ways,  lumbar disc herniation, lumbar disc degeneration, spinal subluxation, or entrapment of the nerve in gluteus or piriformis muscles.  It can also be entrapped anywhere along the muscles of the calf.  For this reason, one practice member may receive adjustments & electric stim, another traction & low force adjustment, another warmth & laser, another ultrasound & Active Release Technique and yet another any number of combinations in addition to exercises which would vary as well.

A labeled diagnosis isn’t enough.  To get you to return to health and to even move beyond your current abilities, Dr. Robin includes movement assessments to not only address the symptom but to address the cause and bring balance back to your life.  SFMA (Selective Functional Movement Assessment) developed by Gray Cook MSPT, takes a motion unit approach. For instance, it recognizes that a bicep doesn’t act alone; there are co-contractors, antagonists for balance, core and hip adaptations that occur in anticipation of and during load transfer.  Because we know this at Active Balance Spine and Sports care, we want to address not only the tissue injured but the areas of dysfunction that may be located in other regions of the body.

Passive rehabilitative modalities to help our practice members move through acute stages include:

  • Low Level Laser Therapy aka Cold Laser Therapy
  • Ultrasound
  • Ultrasound with Trigger Point Activation using Electric Stim
  • Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization IASTM aka Sound Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization SASTM (similar to Graston) and Functional and Kinetic Treatment with Rehab FAKTR


Active Release Technique® (ART) is an effective manual therapy of soft tissue repair activation by treating abnormal tissues with precisely directed tension while the practice member performs specified movements.  Your treatment is unique to the patterns of dysfunction and pain you present with. Increasing numbers of chiropractors, physicians, osteopaths, physical and occupational therapists are using ART®. Professional, amateur athletic programs and many world-class athletes recognize these techniques as a successful way of treating and managing soft tissue injuries.

Benefits of Active Release Techniques® Treatment

ART® can often help with a variety of soft tissue conditions such as:

  • tennis and golfers elbow
  • back and shoulder pain
  • whiplash
  • plantar fasciitis
  • achilles tendonitis
  • shin splints

It is also effective for joint conditions.  Tissue restrictions within a muscle or joint can alter the movement of the joint.  This faulty movement can lead to limited range of motion, increased risk of injury and accelerated degeneration.

When nerve entrapment is caused by muscle or tendinous tightening or adhesion, ART can be effective in the relief of pain and lessening the tension of the surrounding tissue on the nerve.

Cases like carpal tunnel syndrome, sciatica, cubital fossa entrapment in the elbow and headaches have been helped.


How many times have you found that ‘It only hurts when I do this…’?  We’ve encountered that statement thousands of times and… you’re right!  The logical health care practitioner may tell you ‘then don’t do that.’ The wise practitioner, however, will more likely say, ‘Let me evaluate and treat you while you are doing that!’  By evaluating and treating you in a position of provocation (pain, limited range of motion, or restriction of tissues and joints), I’m more easily and quickly able to return you to your life.


A technique created by the founder of Graston – Utilizing an instrument that creates vibration when rubbed over skin, SASTM works to continue to expedite soft tissue healing.


There are three types of taping used in the office and on the field.

  • Traditional strapping taping patterns. We often associate this type of taping with boxers, football players and rugby athletes.  This is the typical white or beige tape used to restrict ankle or wrist motions.  It is used in other areas of the body as well and a technique called SPRT utilizes ‘pull tabs’ to help relieve pain in certain motions.
  • Functional taping. This is usually a system of creating a support system like your biceps and triceps out of  stretch tape like elastikon ® to let the anchor points of those muscle relax.  An achilles support for example can help an injured calf muscle contract.  This is different from kinesiotaping which we will address next.
  • Kinesiology Taping. Whatever the brand, Rock Tape, Kinesiotape, Performtex, et al, the concept is a thin, elastic tape that can mimic some of the properties of skin.  By varying the stretch and patterns of tape placement it can aid in re-education of the neuromuscular system, reduce pain, reduce inflammation and assist lymphatic flow.


Affectionately called The Playroom, Active Balance Spine and Sports Care utilizes combinations of stretching facilitated muscles and activating inhibited muscles to give you better results from your efforts.  Programs are designed with ease of duplication at home once you understand physical cues needed to change how you move.  In the words of Gray Cook, “First Move Well. Then Move Often.”  Too often people are injured because of improper form.  It stops right here, right now!

Simply WOW! Dr. Robin is very kind and she was really helpful during my trip to Maine. The active release techniques work like a charm.


Alex C.

15+ years of care helping me enjoy all kinds of adventures!
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Christine B.


Best chiropractor in York County, Maine

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