Active Release Technique (ART) is a revolutionary form of soft-tissue therapy that assists in treating pain related to nerves, ligaments, muscles, tendons, and fascia. It was designed to quickly and effectively treat a multitude of conditions resulting from the over-use of muscles such as: plantar fasciitis, shoulder pain, back pain, shin splints, sciatica, tennis elbow, runner’s knee, muscle strains, headaches, TMJ pain, thoracic outlet syndrome, tendinitis, and much more. Geneva Acupuncture & Bodyworks employs Active Release Technique to treat a wide variety of dysfunctions and performance issues.
How Does a Muscle Become ‘Over-Used’?
- Pulls, tears, heavy impacts all contribute to acute conditions.
- Small tears, or micro-trauma, that accumulate over time and repeated use.
- Lack of oxygen reaching the muscles.
When these factors come together, your body responds by developing dense scar tissue to protect the muscles, tendons, and ligaments. While this scar tissue was intended by your body to be protective, it actually can cause problems; it locks down the tissues and restricts their movement causing pain and limited range of motion. Muscles become weaker and shorter. Tendons experience greater tension and develop tendinitis (inflammation). Nerves become entrapped, often causing numbness and tingling. Motion is reduced significantly, strength deteriorates, and pain becomes chronic. Many athletes try to push through this pain, but that can often make the issues worse and lead to longer recovery times.
What is an Active Release Technique session like?
Each of our Active Release Technique sessions combines thorough examination and comprehensive treatment. The ART practitioner will use their hands to assess the state of muscles, ligaments, fascia, and tendons. Any imbalances or abnormalities in regards to lack of motion or presence of scar tissue are treated on the spot and rechecked during an ongoing therapy program to address this issue safely and effectively.
We understand that no two patients are the same. ART is NOT a cookie-cutter treatment. We employ over five-hundred unique moves (specific to ART) to benefit the patient in as little time as possible.
We’re here to answer any questions or concerns you have throughout the entire process. We want you to understand how your body responds to injury or over-use, not only to help you understand why we are using certain treatment techniques, but also to help you prevent future injuries and imbalances.
Why is Active Release Technique used?
Active Release Technique is used to allow for free and unimpeded movement of muscles, tendons, nerves and joints; to allow for a dramatic change in comfort, flexibility and strength and to improve your form and function for better performance.
Geneva Acupuncture & Bodyworks is a certified provider of Active Release Technique, and we’re available to answer any further questions you may have. Our goal is to eliminate your pain and optimize your performance.