Active Release Technique, or ART, is a highly advanced treatment method that helps patients suffering from soft tissue injuries, decreased range of motion, and nerve entrapment. Over 500 different hand motions can be used by a trained ART practitioner to actively release these adhesions. The ultimate goal is to help the body heal itself naturally.
Every ART session focuses on examining the injured soft tissues and then treating the areas by specifically targeting them. This is why each ART session is unique—it can be custom made for the patient’s specific needs. It depends on the nature and severity of their injury.
ART helps release scar tissues or adhesions in the muscle, as well as the smooth connective tissues covering them known as the fascia. These adhesions can cause a number of problems in the long run, including chronic inflammation. Injury and overuse are the known causes of adhesions. They can accumulate over time if not addressed properly.
Patients love the Active Release Technique because it rapidly decreases pain. It also allows them to regain their mobility and improve their flexibility right away. If you are an athlete, then the ART can play a crucial role in treating your sports injuries. Not only does it help heal you, but it also improves your performance. You’ll be back in the game in no time because ART reduces your downtime.
Other Benefits of Active Release Technique
ART is effective against chronic muscle tightness. Having one session of Active Release Technique is like going through two months of stretching.
Just like in chiropractic care, ART also helps address spinal problems. It provides quick relief for back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, and joint pain.
In fact, all the tightness in your extremities can be treated: if you have tight hip muscles, or tight ankles, ART can help loosen them.
Now if you’re an athlete and you pushed yourself too far, you may be experiencing pain due to overexertion. This can take the form of strains, sprains, tennis elbow, pulled hamstrings, shoulder injuries, Achilles’ problems, and similar injuries. Your physical therapist can use ART to manage these conditions.
However, Active Release Technique is not just for those with injuries. It even goes beyond improving a person’s physical performance. ART truly shines because it helps prevent future injuries for athletes and non-athletes alike. Aside from just increasing your recovery time, it can help you avoid injury by ensuring that you have the range of motion needed to execute your movements without harming yourself.
Even if you are not living an active lifestyle, you can still choose to have an ART session in order to enjoy its other benefits. Overall, this treatment method helps improve your quality of life—and it even feels good!
With ART you can maintain your body’s physical condition, and even improve certain aspects of it. Talk to your chiropractor or physical therapist today and ask them about Active Release Techniques.