Active Release Technique (ART) Chiropractic
What is it?
Active Release Technique (ART) is a massage technique that treats problems with muscle, tendon, ligament, fascia and nerve pain. This patented, state of the art soft tissue movement uses 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 chiropractic session is customized to your symptoms and goals in order to reduce pain and restore faulty joint motion.
Common among athletes, Active Release Therapy 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.
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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 To Expect During an ART Massage Therapy Session
Every ART massage therapy session is actually a combination of examination and treatment. The ART chiropractor 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 tension with very specific patient movements.
These treatment protocols - over 500 specific moves - are unique to ART massage therapy. They allow providers to identify and correct the specific problems that are affecting each individual patient. The Active Release Technique is not a cookie-cutter approach, and provides many benefits to individuals experiencing pain or faulty joint motion.
Contact us to schedule your ART therapy session with one of our chiropractors today!