What is Active Release Technique (ART)?
Active Release Technique or ART is a movement-based healing technique that targets the patient’s soft tissue system. This can be used to help patients suffering pain linked to the nerves, fascia, ligaments, tendons, and muscles.
ART is unique from other soft tissue techniques in its direct approach on the injured soft tissue and muscles around it. With a combination of movement and manipulation, ART breaks up the scar tissue and promotes quicker healing by engaging with the patient’s blood flow.
Active Release Technique Goals
– Identifying Scar Tissue: Chiropractors begin ART by identifying any scar tissue accumulation a patient might already have. Some of the signs of accumulated scar tissue include:
o Numbness or weakness in the affected area
o Inflammation in the joints
o Reduced strength and range of motion
o Fingers experiencing tingling or numbness
o Sharp pain underneath your foot
o Unusual pain while exercising
– Break Up Adhesions: ART aims to break up adhesions, or the accumulated scar tissue that is created when muscles experience repetitive injuries. By breaking up these adhesions, a patient can return to full strength and flexibility, while also freeing up any nerves that might have become trapped.
What does Active Release Technique treat?
Active Release Technique can treat patients suffering conditions that are related to overused muscles. These can include:
– Knee Problems
– Back Pain
– Shoulder Pain
– Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
– Plantar Null
– Shin Splints
– Tennis Elbow