Active Release Technique
Active Release Technique
Active Release Technique (ART) is a movement-based massage technique that works on soft tissue. ART was created in 1984 by Michael Leahy, a Chiropractor and Aeronautical Engineer. This non-invasive treatment is designed to restore proper muscle function and movement, to enable the body to perform at its most efficient level.
ART is used to treat problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves, which might otherwise need to be addressed by painful surgeries requiring an extended recovery period.
Scientific evidence shows that injury, trauma, over-exercise or repetitive stress can cause the formations of adhesions to muscles, nerves and connective tissue, causing symptoms such as pain, weakness, numbness, tingling and reduced range of motion. When adhesions build up, muscles become shorter and weaker, the motion of muscles and joints are altered and nerves can be compressed. As a result, tissues suffer from decreased blood supply, pain and poor mobility.
Specific conditions that can be treated with ART include headaches, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, other peripheral nerve entrapments, shin splints, sciatica, TMJ, plantar fasciitis, tendonitis and other soft tissue inflammatory disorders of the joints.
Active Release Technique has clearly defined treatment protocols, with over 500 different moves. This allows practitioners to properly identify and correct specific problems that are affecting each individual patient.
Active Release Technique is most commonly used to treat conditions related to these adhesions or scar tissue in overused muscles. The goal of ART is to restore the smooth movement of tissues and to release any trapped nerves or blood vessels. Patients can range in age from children to seniors and from professional athletes to weekend warriors. Even office workers, laborers, housewives and many others have benefited from Active Release Technique.
An Active Release Technique Session
A typical ART session consists of both examination and treatment. Dr. Amir will use his hands to evaluate the tightness and movement of muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments and nerves. Abnormal tissues are then treated by combining precisely directed tension with very specific patient movements.
The number of treatments needed to resolve a problem varies greatly with the individual and his or her specific condition. The average number of visits is between 6 and 12, though many patients experience noticeable relief after just a few sessions.