Active Release Techniques (ART)
ART is a patented, soft tissue system that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. Headaches, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, shin splints, shoulder pain, sciatica, plantar fasciitis, knee problems, and tennis elbow are just a few of the many conditions that can be resolved with ART.
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With a success rate of over 90%, Active Release Technique has become one of most sought after soft tissue treatments in the world today.
ART is one of the most effect forms of treatment for repetitive-motion injuries, has helped Olympic athletes achieve gold medals, and allowed injured athletes to return quickly to their training protocols.
Note: This is the Active Release Information Page. We are providing
this information for your benefit. We are not implying "Superiority"
of this technique over other chiropractic procedures. Active Release
technique is one of the many tools we use at Edgemont Chiropractic
Clinic to address musculoskeletal conditions.
|What is Active Release
ART is a patented, state-of-the-art, soft tissue management
system that treats problems that occur with:
back pain, carpal
tunnel syndrome, shin splints, shoulder
Plantar Fasciitis, knee
problems, and tennis elbow
are just a few of the many conditions that can be resolved quickly
and permanently with ART. (Click here
for a complete list of conditions treatable with ART.)
These conditions all have one important thing in common
- they often result from injury to overused muscles.
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|How do overuse injuries
Overused muscles (and other traumatized soft tissues)
can cause changes to your body in three important ways:
- Cause acute injuries (pulls, tears, collisions,
- Accumulate small tears
- Reduce oxygen flow to cells (hypoxia).
Each of these changes causes your body 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.
- Tension on tendons causes tendonitis.
- Nerves can become trapped.
This can result in reduced ranges of motion, loss
of strength, and pain. With trapped nerves, you may also feel tingling,
numbness, shooting pains, burning sensations, weakness, muscle atrophy
and circulatory changes.
can ART treat?
We use ART to treat a broad range of soft tissue injuries,
including the following:
|What happens during
an ART treatment?
Every ART session is actually a combination of examination
and treatment. The ART provider uses his or her hands to evaluate
the texture, tension, movement and function of muscles, fascia,
tendons, ligaments and nerves. Abnormal tissues are treated by combining
precisely directed tension with very specific patient movements.
These treatment protocols over 500 of them
- are unique to ART. They allow providers to identify and correct
the specific problems that are affecting each individual patient.
ART is not a cookie-cutter approach.
Treatments take about 8-15 minutes for each area being
treated. A condition may require two to ten visits before full functionality
is restored. Manipulation if requested is frequently carried out
in conjunction with ART to increase treatment effectiveness.
Whenever possible we have our patients perform active movements
during the treatment process. Active motions stimulate neurological pathways
in the spinal cord that help to reduce pain during treatment. Motion also
help to reproduce the stresses the patient will actually be under during
normal active motion
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Strength, speed and endurance are expected to improve within
the first few treatments. We will often have our patients test these factors
after two or three visits. If no improvement is seen, we know that either
we have not found the source of the problem,or the area affected needs
to be strengthened further.
Active Release Techniques is non-invasive, very safe, has
virtually no side effects, and has a record of producing very good results.
When a soft tissue problem has resolved the symptoms will not return unless
the injury happens again. To avoid future injuries we instruct our patients
in specific exercises, give postural recommendations and explain to our
patients the mechanism of injury so that it may be avoided in the future.
does an ART treatment feel?
Treatments can feel uncomfortable during
the movement phases as the scar tissue or adhesions "break-up".
This discomfort is temporary and subsides almost immediately after
It is common to feel a duplication of your
pain symptoms during the treatment (a good indication that the problem
has been identified).
Patients report that "It hurts good".
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