Active release technique addresses dysfunction within the soft tissue of the body. This is achieved through a hands on approach combined with movement. The purpose of the treatment is to break up scar tissue that inhibits the body from moving the way it is designed to move.
Why do I have scar tissue?
Scar tissue, also known as adhesions, can form for a number of different reasons. A major trauma such as a car accident, surgery, or even small day to day injuries known as repetitive motion injuries.
What is soft tissue?
Soft tissue is a broad term that includes muscles, ligaments, tendons, nerves, blood vessels, and most importantly fascia.
What is Fascia?
Fascia is a thin layer of tissue just beneath the skin and in between muscles and organs that gives the body the ability to generate force, maintain stability, keep tissues separated, and allow muscles, tendons, ligaments and organs to slide and glide past each other.
How does it work?
The goal of A.R.T. is to break up adhesions. This is accomplished by contact of the fascia through the skin (similar to a massage) but also includes active motion from the patient. This allows for shearing forces to be introduced into the tissue, this type of force is really good at breaking up scar tissue.
What kind of problems does A.R.T. treat?
This technique can address many musculoskeletal conditions such as back pain, leg pain, frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, plantar fasciitis,carpal tunnel syndrome, piriformis syndrome, and much more.