What is Active Release techniques?
ART® is a patented, state of the art soft tissue system/movement based massage technique that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. Acute trauma, shortening of tissues and overuse all create an inflammatory cycle resulting in a layer of scar tissue accumulating. This scarring, which is denser and less flexible than the surrounding soft tissue, prohibits proper movement, and creates even more inflammation and pain. Scaring between nerves and the associated tissues can cause entrapment and resulting conditions like carpel tunnel, sciatica and thoracic outlet syndrome.
Each treatment session is a combination of hands on diagnosis as well as a thorough evaluation of the patients background and injury history. Your practitioner will palpate to evaluate the length, tension and texture of the muscles, tendons, ligaments and nerve structures. Abnormal tissues are treated using a combination of directed tension from the practitioners hand and both patient and practitioner directed movement.
The treatment, which is a combination of tension and movement “passes’, breaks down the scaring and re-establishes the proper texture within the tissue. Usually, once proper diagnosis is made, the injury can be treated within minutes. On average, Active Release can be used to help most soft tissue injuries in as little as 1-3 visits, with some chronic issues taking up to 6 visits to be completely resolved.
A.R.T works on all the soft tissue structure of the body, including tendons, ligaments, muscles, fascia, joint capsules, as well as nerve and vascular pathways. Any restriction or shortening can be alleviated with A.R.T, and the treatment process can quite commonly be performed through thin clothing layers. It is effective for all soft tissue conditions that are a result of chronic tissue shortening or restriction, including hard to treat cases like sciatica, carpel tunnel and frozen shoulder