Active Release Techniques

Active Release Techniques

Active Release Techniques (ART) is a breakthrough and revolutionary form of manual therapy. ART utilizes principles of friction and tension to “tear” adhesions formed within/between damaged muscles, fascia, tendons, nerve tracts and ligaments of the human body. Using a series of hands-on techniques while the affected muscles are in motion, the ART practitioner assesses the damaged tissue and releases the adhesions, separating bound tissue and restoring function. It’s the first program specifically designed to evaluate and treat damaged soft tissue and can address and resolve many injuries previously considered untreatable, sometimes in just a few visits. Properly employed, its success rate is over 90%, even with such chronic problems as carpal tunnel syndrome and rotator cuff tendonitis.

When soft tissue is injured, it literally forms fibrotic adhesions which in return impede movement, and often, even entrap nerves, all of which ART addresses.

Adhesions can be formed through 2 types of trauma (acute trauma or repetitive microtrauma) and if not addressed, will force tissue to be under constant pressure/tension. When adhesions form, they can form anywhere in your muscles, tendons or ligaments. When adhesions are present, they increase tension within the soft tissues and can negatively impact the strength and flexibility of that tissue. This leads to increased friction, pressure and tension between that tissue and the structures adjacent to it. Acute Injury and Repetitive Injury lead to more inflammation and bleeding, which then leads to even more adhesion buildup. Constant Pressure/Tension leads to decreased circulation and edema. Decreased circulation leads to hypoxia (inadequate oxygen to that area) which again leads to adhesions being formed. The longer this cycle persists, the worse it can become as the body will be forced to compensate further possibly leading to new injuries.