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ART (Active Release Technique)

ART (Active Release Technique)

If you’re in pain from carpel tunnel, shin splints, back problems, sciatica and other soft tissue related conditions, you may have become frustrated from lack of help, face surgery or just given up and decided to live with the pain. There’s no need to do that. ART (Active Release Technique) can help you. This specialized technique is bringing help to thousands that thought their problem was a lost cause or faced the potential of surgery, a life of pain or limited movement. While it may seem simple, it’s not. There are over 500 treatment protocols, specific movements, which allow the specialist to first identify the tissue problem and then work with it. Each client has their own personalized treatment.

Soft tissue treatment includes working with muscles, nerves, tendons, fascia and ligaments.

These tissue injuries occur in a number of ways, most of which which are overuse injuries. You may have a sudden injury from pulls, accidents caused from striking the area and tears. The damage may come from an accumulation of injuries causing micro-tears that accumulate and cause scar tissue. Finally, the tissue area, for one reason or another, may not be getting enough oxygen.

It doesn’t take long for these injuries to add up to chronic pain.

When the injury or injuries heal, it forms scar tissue in the muscle and soft tissue. Just like scar tissue on the surface of the skin, it’s tough, dense and builds up. That can bind the surrounding healthy tissue in the area and cut the blood flow, bind the muscles and tendons. If nerves are trapped, you notice numbness and weakness. If it’s tendons, tendinitis occurs. It can reduce your range of motion and limit your strength.

Each appointment includes an examination and treatment.

Even though it may sound simple, special training is required to enable the ART-provider to locate the the injured area, evaluate it and use their hands for directed pressure, combined with specific client movements to loosen the scar tissue and eliminate much of the pressure that causes the pain. It releases the scar tissue that sticks to the surrounding tissue and allows your muscles, tendons and etc. to work the way they were supposed and not put all the work onto the healthy unaffected tissue to cause further injury.

Athletes and even occasional athletes who workout for enjoyment will benefit from ART.

Scar tissue can build up around a muscle and cause it to shorten. It can also trap nerves, cause inflammation of the tendons and weakness.

ART is non invasive. It is a method of helping your body get back to normal and operate the way it was meant to operate.

The ART provider has studied the body soft tissue system extensively. He or she understands how each muscle, tendon or other soft tissue should feel both at rest and moving. It’s that knowledge that helps him or her evaluate the injury.