Active Release Technique (A.R.T.) Therapy
Active Release Technique treatments address problems in individual tissues as well as in between tissues. One tissue or structure can affect another structure biomechanically and it can also affect the other structure directly.
What Is Active Release Technique (A.R.T)?
Active Release Technique is a treatment of soft tissue injuries affecting the muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments and nerves. These injuries happen when the soft tissue structures are stretched beyond their limits and microscopic tears occurs. This starts the inflammation process of the healing cycle and the end result is scar tissue adhesions which cause the muscle to be tight and bound-up with a higher probability of reinjury.
Active Release separates, releases, and stretches the connective tissue adhesions, restores vascular and lymph circulation, and increases your range of motion, flexibility, and strength.
Who Needs Active Release Technique?
A.R.T. benefits numerous individuals with a wide range of conditions which includes carpal tunnel syndrome, shin splints, knee pain, shoulder pain, elbow pain, sciatica, and plantar fasciitis, just to name a few. Most commonly, an injury results from muscle overuse. The mechanism for injury occurs in one of three ways:
- acute/traumatic injury (sprain/strain)
- an accumulation of small injuries (micro trauma)
- lack of oxygen to the soft tissue
All three types of injury result in the same outcome, muscle fibers bundle up, and adhesions (scar tissue) form. The muscles shorten, lose elasticity, and added strain occurs at the tendon junction. This ultimately leads to tendonitis. Nerves may become entrapped, ranges of motion are reduced and strength is diminished. The lack of oxygenated blood delays healing. A.R.T. is designed to break this cycle and restore normal soft tissue integrity and function.
We use A.R.T. to treat a broad range of soft tissue injuries, including the following:
- Achilles tendonitis / Ankle Injuries
- Back Pain / Injuries / Sciatica
- Carpal tunnel syndrome / Repetitive strain injuries
- Foot pain / Injury / Plantar Fasciitis / Shin splints
- Frozen shoulder or adhesive capsulitis
- Golfers / Tennis elbow (Tendonitis)
- Golf Injuries
- Hand / Wrist Injuries
- Hip Pain
- Iliotibial band syndrome
- Impingement syndromes
- Joint dysfunction
- Knee meniscus injuries
- Knee Pain
- Muscle pulls or strains
- Neck Pain
- Nerve Entrapment Syndromes
- Rotator cuff syndrome
- Running Injuries
- Scar Tissue Formation
- Shoulder Pain / Bursitis
- Sports Injuries
- Tennis elbow
- Thoracic outlet syndrome
- Whiplash (Hyper-extension/Hyper-flexion injury)