Active Release Technique® (ART) is the treatment of soft tissue injuries, including muscles, tendons, ligaments, and nerves. Soft tissue injuries can occur from a sprain, strain, trauma like whiplash from a motor vehicle accident or sport. We, at Vantage Integrative Health + Wellness in Chestermere, believe that the most common injuries are from overuse. Overuse injuries result from the repetitive use of the same muscle groups doing the same activities over and over. The muscles become weak and tight, which causes internal friction and pressure within the muscle. We offer Active Release Technique® in Chestermere to help with such issues.
Over-used muscles (and other soft tissues) change in three important ways: acute conditions (pulls, tears, and collisions), accumulation of small tears (micro-trauma) and 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 binds (like glue) and ties down tissues restricting movement. 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 numbness, tingling and weakness.