Active Release Technique
Active Release Technique (ART) is a patented, state of the art soft tissue system/movement based massage technique that treats problems with:
Active Release Technique (ART) is a patented soft tissue movement based massage developed by Dr. P. Michael Leahy. It aims to treat problems associated with muscle overuse, a muscle and soft tissue condition that usually occurs from acute accidents (such as tears, pulls, and collision), hypoxia (the state of not having enough oxygen), and micro-trauma – the accumulation of small tears within the muscles.
Numerous therapy techniques are available to alleviate signs and symptoms associated with muscle overuse, and these include therapeutic ultrasound, electrical modalities, ART, and trigger point. However, as claimed by Dr. Leahy, only Active Release Technique has a 90 percent improvement rate among different therapy techniques.
ART involves taking muscles (or other tissues) through their full range of motion while tension is applied and maintained. This forces shortened tissues to lengthen back to their normal length faster and more efficiently than stretching. This also relaxes muscles that are tight or spasmodic and can break up scar tissue or adhesions that have formed in the tissue. While this provides symptomatic relief we are also addressing the physiologic changes that occur in tissue and this allows the patient to more efficiently strengthen the injured area. This gives the patient the opportunity to permanently resolve their injury and prevents re-occurrence.
ART has more than 500 treatment moves, each targeting a specific muscle. Doctors who specialized in giving ART have a very advanced “feel” of the muscle tissues, as well as muscles’ texture, movement, and tension.
How Do ART Specialists Treat Patients With Muscle Pains?
ART is specifically designed to employ examination and treatment at the same time. An ART specialist uses his or hands to assess the affected muscle, its texture, movement and tightness, as well as the nerves, ligaments, tendons and fascia around it. He or she then treats these affected tissues by placing a precise tension on the problematic area as the patient moves the affected limb.
Who Can Benefit From ART?
Injured athletes are not the only ones who can benefit from Active Release Technique; ordinary people who experience neck, shoulder, back pains, and other muscle pains may benefit from this therapy too.