A method that has been around for over thirty years, the active release technique is a method that treats your body’s soft tissues by breaking up scar tissue, encouraging blood flow, and promoting faster healing.
At Active Health Clinics, your health and well-being are our greatest priorities. Our chiropractors and medical professionals are here to bring you the latest in care and that’s why we’ve compiled this informative guide on the active release technique to find out if it’s the right treatment for you.
What is the active release technique?
The active release technique, or ART, was developed in 1985 by Dr. P. Michael Leahy, a doctor of chiropractic medicine. Dr. Leahy, DC, created the technique after he noticed that many of his patients’ symptoms could be traced to problems in their soft tissues. This is because soft tissues are more affected by trauma, tend to swell, develop fibroids, and form scar tissue.
With ART we isolate the area of your body that is the source of your pain. We then use manual therapy to massage, apply pressure, and rework these damaged tissues. ART works by restoring motion, releasing cramped nerves, and strengthening your muscles and soft tissues.
What ART can treat
You can use ART to treat all kinds of problems, including those associated with your muscles, ligaments, tendons, and nerves. Some of these conditions that ART can treat include:
- Back pain and sciatic nerve pain
- Shin Splints
- Plantar fasciitis
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Tension headaches
- Acute neck pain
- Frozen shoulder
- Tennis elbow
When you’re injured, scar tissue forms and builds up in areas of your body, causing stiffness pain, and even immobility. With ART, we break up scar tissue in the areas where you have injuries, restoring proper blood flow and promoting long-term healing.
Can you benefit from ART?
Some problems, like the ones mentioned above, are more apparent than others. But sometimes you may be mistaking some more serious problems for just everyday pain and stiffness. The following are signs that you may have accumulated scar tissue and could benefit from ART:
- Pain when working out
- Inflammation in your joints
- Stiffness in your back, neck, hands, elbows, or knees
- Less flexibility and reduced range of motion
- Diminished strength
- Tingling or numbing sensations
With ART, you can increase your range of motion, treat your chronic pain, and increase your flexibility. It’s conveniently done in an outpatient setting and feels comparable to a massage. There are no incisions, drugs, or recovery time. And, it can provide you with lasting pain relief and great physical benefits as well.
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