Active Release Technique
Dr Eric specializes in Active Release Technique and has been certified for over a decade. Not only is it a cornerstone to his care, it’s what lead him down the path to becoming a sports chiropractor.
What is Active Release Technique?
Active Release Technique (ART) is an advanced form of myofascial massage used by olympians, professional athletes, and special forces for muscle and tendon injuries and to improve performance.
ART works by restoring full and pain free ranges of motion of your muscles and tendons by breaking down scar tissue that builds up within and between damaged or overused tissues.
Active Release Technique is the perfect complement to chiropractic care. Providing ART before an adjustment helps get our patients out of pain more quickly, significantly helping to reduce treatment time.
How Do Soft Tissue Injuries Occur?
Overused muscles (and other soft tissues) change in three important ways:
- acute injuries (pulls, tears, collisions, etc)
- accumulation of small tears (micro-trauma)
- postural strain (hypoxia)
Each of these factors can cause your body’s fibroblasts to produce tough, dense scar tissue in the affected area. This scar tissue binds up and ties down tissues that need to move freely. As scar tissue builds up, muscles become shorter and weaker. This causes reduced flexibility, loss of strength, and pain. If a peripheral nerve is trapped you may also feel tingling, numbness, and weakness.
Many athletes try to push through this pain, but that can often make the issues worse and lead to longer recovery times.