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. However, 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.
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 cause 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. Active Release Technique® can be used to treat:
Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis)
Foot pain (plantar fasciitis)
Knee pain (patellofemoral disorders)
Carpal tunnel syndrome
Iliotibial band syndrome
Shoulder pain (rotator cuff tendonitis)
Golfer's elbow (medial epicondylitis)
Thoracic outlet syndrome
With every injury and body part, there are specific treatment protocols with over 500 specific moves, which are unique to ART®. This allows providers to identify and correct the specific problems that are affecting each individual patient.
Every ART® session is a combination of examination and treatment. The provider uses his or her hands to evaluate tightness, texture, and movement of fascia, tendons, ligaments, muscles and nerves. Abnormal tissues are treated with a combination of precise tension with very specific patient movements.
Adjustments can help with sports injuries, back and neck pain, muscle fatigue, headaches and much more.
We offer the Traditional Chinese Medicine cupping technique, which has been used by athletes like Michael Phelps.
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