Active Release Technique (ART)
What is Active Release Technique® (ART)?
Active Release Technique® is an extremely safe and effective form of treatment to correct soft tissue problems and injuries. This technique uses a hands-on manual therapy approach to lengthen muscles and release adhesions to tissues and nerves. This is accomplished by the practitioner applying precisely directed tension with the patient performing very specific movements to shorten and lengthen the muscles.
What causes soft tissue problems or injuries?
When muscles are overused, the tissues of the body often get bound up and adhere to other tissues and nerves that need to move freely in order to function properly. This creates adhesions that cause shorter and weaker muscles, tendonitis, or entrapped nerves. Improper posture, faulty biomechanics, compensation injuries, muscle strain, and ligament sprain can also cause soft tissues to be compromised, leading to adhesions, scar tissue, and nerve entrapments.
Who is a good candidate for Active Release Technique® (ART)?
Whether you’re experiencing headaches, neck or back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, sciatica, shoulder pain, plantar fasciitis, TMJ, shin splints, tennis elbow, or knee problems, Active Release Technique® may be the solution to resolve these conditions relatively quickly and permanently.
What to expect during Active Release Technique® therapy
The muscles, ligaments, and nerves of involvement are identified during a physical examination.
Next, specific movements are initiated to shorten and lengthen the involved muscles, ligaments, and tendons. The soft tissues are encouraged to slide over one another while the practitioner is contacting the injured area. This movement not only breaks up adhesions and scar tissue, but also separates bound up nerves from connective tissues or muscle layers. This technique is always done to the patient’s tolerance.
There are over 500 specific treatment protocols, all unique to Active Release Technique®, that may be used in a combination of ways to optimize results in a short period of time. It is common for a patient to see significant results within just a few treatment sessions.