Active Release Technique or ART is the gold standard of soft tissue care.
Injured muscles, ligaments, fascia, tendons and nerves all respond
extremely well with ART treatment. What separates ART treatment
from conventional massages or muscle work, is the precise directed
and the very specific movement to ensure the smooth movement of tissue.
There are over 500 protocols for treating every muscle, tendon, ligament,
fascia and nerve in the body. ART is so specific that is the only soft tissue
therapy that is patented.
With ART, the whole structure can be treated instead of a particular section.
It is the active motion of the muscle that allows the practitioner to break up
the adhesions. An adhesion is fibrous tissue that develops from a small tear in
the muscle, tendon or ligament.
An adhesion can develop 3 ways:
- Acute Injury (Trauma)
- Overuse ( repetitive motion injury)
- Constant pressure/ tension for an extended periods ( poor posture )
The adhesion limits blood flow to the structure, shortens the muscle and
decreases the function of the structure. This can cause pain, weakness
and sum times numbness if the adhesion is putting pressure on a nerve.
The soft tissue changes that occur following an injury are:
1. Inflammation ( occurs in the fist 24-72 hours )
2. Stringy muscles lesions ( 2 days-2 weeks )
3. Lumpy Tissue, Palpable adhesions ( 2 weeks- 3 months )
4. Leathery tissue, changes slowly and is more chronic (3 months & Beyond )
Each treatment only takes a few passes over the structure, and accomplishes
greater results in a shorter amount of time than other soft tissue therapies.
ART is extremely effective when it comes to treat in soft tissue conditions
whether it be athletic injuries such as shin splints, tight calf muscles and
IT Band problems or work induced pain like carpal tunnel or shoulder and
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