Active Release Technique
Active Release Techniques (ART) is a patented soft tissue based treatment technique that helps problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. ART helps release the adhesions and scar tissue that leads to disordered movement and pain. When an overuse injury or trauma occurs, there may be micro-tearing in the soft tissue as well as a decrease in oxygen to the area (hypoxia). This leads to further damage and limited soft tissue healing during which scar tissue forms, the muscle becomes short and weak, tension on the muscle causes tendonitis, and nerves may then become entrapped. ART helps break down this dense, tough scar tissue to improve the mobility of the involved muscle groups. A result of treatment is an improvement in range of motion (ROM) and strength, and a decrease in numbness, tingling and pain.
ART is directed towards specific muscle groups. It requires skilled hand placements with very specific patient movements to determine deficits in tissue texture and tension. Constant re-assessment is necessary for the measure of success, therefore, each treatment session consists of both examination and treatment. The treatment itself may be slightly uncomfortable however the patient should notice good improvements immediately after the treatment has concluded. ART can help with acute injuries such as sprains and strains as well as chronic conditions such as shin splints, shoulder pain, sciatica, plantar fasciitis, ITB friction syndrome, tennis elbow, and many more.