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Active Release Technique
Active Release Technique (ART)
Solving Your Muscle and Ligament Problems
Desperately seeking relief for sore muscles? Look no further.
Relieving tight muscles and trigger points can make a big difference in reducing joint stress and improving your overall quality of life.
That’s why you should consider Active Release Technique.
Words from Dr. Pannu:
“I did my ART Certification because I know the benefits it can bring to my patients. I studied the benefits of ART in my chiropractic school and ever since then made my decision to specialize in ART”
The History of ART
Active Release Techniques were invented over 30 years ago by Dr. P. Michael Leahy. ART became popular in 1988 when Dr. Leahy was working with elite athletes as a way to treat soft tissue disorders so they could get back to peak performance as quickly as possible. Since then, the method has been patented, and it has treated and transformed the lives of over 100 million people worldwide.
Are you ready to know what makes this treatment special?
Let’s start. Active Release Technique is a type of soft tissue therapy which helps you relieve tight muscles and nerve trigger points, greatly reducing joint stress and muscular pains.
So, in other words, ART is similar to deep tissue massage techniques and myofascial release because it works by manipulating soft tissue, thereby reducing the stress placed on joints and nerves.
What makes Active Release Technique different from other techniques?
The difference between ART and other techniques is that during an ART treatment, the patient actively moves the affected structure (muscles or ligaments) while the practitioner presses or maintains contact on the injured area.
This allows practitioners (like us) to feel the structure as it moves under their contact and to effectively treat those restricted muscles, tendons, or ligaments.
What problems can you resolve with this treatment?
Some of the problems most commonly relieved through ART treatments include:
- Lower back pain
- Shoulder strains, including frozen shoulder
- Shin splints
- Plantar fasciitis
- Tension headaches
- Tennis elbow
- Sciatic nerve pain
How Active Release Technique Works
The core benefit of ART is preventing and breaking up dense scar tissue, also called adhesions. Adhesions limit the normal range of motion of joints and muscles because they cause abnormal binding between muscle groups, are very tough and are inflexible compared to healthy tissue.
The reason that adhesions form is to bind injured tissues and keep them stable (however, the adhesions act like a strong “glue” and can often compress or pinch nerves).
Nerves sometimes become entrapped by scar tissue, which causes trigger points and pain to develop. The more that scar tissue forms, the more joints or tendons become strained and nerves become compressed.
Soft tissue manipulations address several components related to scar tissue formation, including:
- Acute injuries, such as tears or collisions that can happen during exercise or sports.
- Micro-trauma, which is the gradual wear-down of tissue that’s often caused by aging and inflammation.
- Hypoxia, which results from tissue not receiving enough nutrients and oxygen.
Active in-training athletes usually receive ART at least one or two times per month, while others might benefit from one time monthly or even less in some instances.
Who can benefit more from Active Release Technique treatments?
Do you want to know if ART is right for you?
If you have any of these problems—headaches, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, shin splints, shoulder pain, sciatica, plantar fasciitis, knee problems, or tennis elbow—then yes this is the best treatment for you.
The ART sessions allow providers like our doctors to identify and correct the specific problems that are affecting each individual patient, so it is not a cookie-cutter approach.
Final Thoughts on Active Release Technique
Active release technique is a very precise treatment, so it’s important to receive a thorough examination before having treatment performed if you’re currently injured or suffering from a limiting disability.
To be cautious and avoid further injury or pain, always make sure to receive treatments from a certified ART provider like our Doctors.