Active Release Technique (ART)

Active Release Technique (ART) is a specialized soft tissue therapy that aims to treat problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia, and nerves. It's highly effective in treating conditions such as muscle strains, overuse injuries, and repetitive motion injuries. ART is widely utilized in sports medicine, physical therapy, and chiropractic care for its ability to relieve pain, restore mobility, and enhance performance.

How It Works

ART involves the application of precisely directed tension, combined with specific patient movements, to break up adhesions and scar tissue in affected soft tissues. These adhesions and scar tissue can develop as a result of overuse, injury, or improper healing, leading to pain, restricted movement, and decreased function. ART practitioners use their hands to apply tension and pressure to targeted areas while instructing the patient to move in specific ways to lengthen and release the affected tissues.

Key Benefits

     - Pain Relief: ART effectively reduces pain associated with soft tissue injuries by breaking up scar tissue and adhesions, restoring normal tissue function.

     - Improved Mobility: By restoring the flexibility and elasticity of soft tissues, ART helps improve joint mobility, range of motion, and overall functional movement.

     - Enhanced Performance: Athletes and active individuals often use ART to optimize muscle function, prevent injuries, and enhance athletic performance by maintaining optimal soft tissue health.

What to Expect

During an ART session, the practitioner will first assess the patient's condition to identify areas of restricted movement and tissue dysfunction. Using their hands, the practitioner will then apply tension to the affected soft tissues while guiding the patient through specific movements. This process may be repeated several times to effectively break up scar tissue and adhesions. Patients may experience mild discomfort during the treatment as the adhesions are released, but most find the overall experience to be both effective and therapeutic.

Ideal for

Active Release Technique is suitable for individuals of all ages and activity levels who are experiencing pain, stiffness, or decreased mobility due to soft tissue injuries or dysfunction. It is particularly beneficial for athletes, fitness enthusiasts, and individuals engaged in repetitive or high-intensity activities. ART can address a wide range of conditions, including tendonitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, plantar fasciitis, and rotator cuff injuries, among others.

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