What is Active Release Technique (ART)?
Active Release Technique (ART) is a new cutting edge approach to treating injuries to muscles, tendons, nerves and surrounding soft tissue. The goal of ART is to restore optimal texture, motion and function of the soft tissue and release any entrapped nerves or blood vessels.
Active Release is a highly successful treatment not only for athletes, but also for anyone who leads an active life, sits at a computer all day or has experienced an on the job injury. ART has a documented success rate of over 90%, even with chronic problems such as carpal tunnel syndromes and rotator cuff tendonitis.
Many daily activities can cause repetitive stress which leads to the formation of scar tissues that hinders the movement and function of tissues (muscles, tendons, ligaments and nerves). This repetitive stress causes symptoms of pain, stiffness, decreased range of motion, numbness and weakness.
ART is used to treat acute strains and sprains as well as chronic overuse conditions such as tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome, low back pain, neck pain and the likes. ART is distinct but not dissimilar to other techniques such as mobilizing and massage. What differentiates ART from other soft tissue therapies is "movement". For example, in treating repetitive stress injuries the movement is "active" (ie done by the patient) for the purpose of getting the damaged tissue (eg scar tissue) to stretch in it's limited range. While this movement is occurring the practitioner maintains a firm finger pressure, feeling the damaged tissue come under tension. It is this lengthening action coupled with the specific finger pressure that creates enough tension to break up or "release" the damaged tissue. Once the "old" tissue is broken up, the soft tissues will begin to move again with full function.
ART is highly effective for many soft tissue aliments such as:
- Repetitive Stress Injuries (RSI)
- Rotator Cuff Syndrome or Frozen Shoulder
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Iliotibial Band Syndrome
- Shin Splints
- Plantar Fascitis
- Knee Pain
- Swimmer's Shoulder
- Tennis Elbow
- Golfer's Elbow
- Chronic back and neck pain