Active Release Technique (ART) is a state of the art soft tissue system/movement based massage technique that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. Using a hands on approach and diagnostic skills, specific pressure is applied to the problematic areas of the body to help improve motion of your body’s connective tissues. Each ART session is customized to your symptoms and goals in order to reduce pain and restore faulty joint motion.
Active Release Technique is a valuable tool used to treat acute injuries, overuse conditions, as well as postural-related pain. These traumas typically lead to adhesions between the muscular and fascial layers of the body. Muscle adhesions cause altered joint motion, resulting in a wide variety of symptoms including pain, weakness and reduced range of motion, numbness and tingling.
How do these conditions occur?
Over-used muscles (and other soft tissues) change in three important ways:
- acute conditions (pulls, tears, collisions, etc),
- accumulation of small tears (micro-trauma)
- not getting enough oxygen (hypoxia).
Each of these factors can cause your body to produce tough, dense scar tissue in the affected area. This scar tissue binds up and ties down tissues that need to move freely. As scar tissue builds up, muscles become shorter and weaker, tension on tendons causes tendonitis, and nerves can become trapped. This can cause reduced range of motion, loss of strength, and pain. If a nerve is trapped you may also feel tingling, numbness, and weakness.
What is an ART treatment like?
Every ART session is actually a combination of examination and treatment. The ART provider uses his or her hands to evaluate the texture, tightness and movement of muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments and nerves. Abnormal tissues are treated by combining precisely directed tension with very specific patient movements.
These treatment protocols - over 500 specific moves - are unique to ART. They allow providers to identify and correct the specific problems that are affecting each individual patient. ART is not a cookie-cutter approach.