ART – Active Release Techniques
What is it?
Active Release Technique (ART) is a patented, state-of-the-art soft tissue system that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. Headaches, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, shin splints, shoulder pain, sciatica, plantar fascitis, knee problems, and tennis elbow are just a few of the many conditions that can be resolved quickly and permanently with ART. These conditions all have one important thing in common: they are often a result of overused muscles. For more information visit the official site of ART www.activerelease.com.
How does it work?
At the most basic level, ART works by breaking up scar tissue, muscle adhesions and restrictions, muscular spasm and tightness. When muscles, or other tissues, are overstressed or injured, our bodies use scar tissue as a patch repair. This is a natural part of the healing process. However, if the source of the injury is not corrected the tissue will accumulate too much scar tissue, which then becomes a problem. The mechanism by which it does this is for the examiner to put a muscle in its most shortened position (through movement of the nearby joints), then apply a tension with his/her thumb or fingers, and while maintaining that tension he/she will lengthen the muscle throughout its range of motion. In this way, any adhesions or scar tissue is broken up along the entire length of the muscle. It is important to state the pain, numbness, or other symptoms may not resolve if the scar tissue is not broken up as well as the source of the tension discovered.
How it is different from other treatments?
The most significant difference between ART and other treatments is the shortening and lengthening of the muscle. Other treatments involve a muscle being at its resting length, and then pressure is applied in the area of pain or irritation, such as trigger-point technique or massage. While these treatments can be very effective, some times a muscular adhesion or scar tissue is at an insertion that is concealed or covered by other bony or muscular structures. In order to reach these areas, a muscle needs to be moved through its range of motion in order for these more difficult points to be reached. This technique works out the scar tissue and helps the tissues to heal normally with long-lasting results.
Who can it help?
ART is effective for any condition of the musculoskeletal system. With over 500 muscular protocols, there is a move for almost every muscle and ligament in the body.
Are all ART practitioners alike?
Not all ART practitioners are alike. There are several levels of certification, the first of which are the individual courses of Spine, Upper Extremity, and Lower Extremity. The attainment of one level of certification entitles the bearer to call themselves ART certified, but a higher quality of care is obtained when a practitioner has all certifications and has kept current in their certifications. Practitioners must re-certify once per year to remain current. At our office not only are you getting the highest level of certified doctors, they are also instructors of the technique.