Active Release Technique (ART): Benefits and Side effects
What is Active Release Technique (ART)?
Active Release Techniques (ART) are a soft tissue method similar to massage that makes a speciality of relieving tissue tension through the removal of fibrosis/adhesions which can develop in tissues because of overload due to repetitive use. These problems may lead to muscular weakness, numbness, aching, tingling and burning sensations.
How does Active Release Work?
The active release method works to reduce the amount of dense scar tissue in particular areas of the body. This scar tissue, regularly referred to as adhesions, are intended to guard the body and repair it following an injury, however it may have negative side effects.
For example, when any such adhesions bind muscle groups that are not commonly connected, it can pinch nerves, cause a lack of flexibility or mobility, or reduce muscle strength. By directing targeted pressure on those areas, it is possible to break up the scar tissue, encourage circulation, and promote more regular healing patterns that do not restrict motion. ART as it is generally mentioned, can become part of your lifestyle and assist to enhance your overall health for future years.
What conditions are treated?
- Lower Back Pain
- Chronic Neck Pain
- Tension Headaches
- Shoulder Strains, including Frozen Shoulder
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Shin Splints
- Sciatic Nerve Pain
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Tennis Elbow
Benefits of Active Release Technique (ART)
- Cleans out scar tissue and adhesions in muscles
- Improves range of motion
- Treats the most common and painful sports injuries (overuse injuries)
- Works to relieve headaches
- Treats joint conditions
- Quick results through effective muscle targeting
- Rapid recovery to get back to the sport as soon as possible
- Vast pain reduction through non-invasive treatment
- Correct soft tissue and muscle problems successfully
- Improved overall performance with proper muscle movement and function
Side Effects of Active Release Technique (ART)
Do not try and use this approach except a doctor has explained which area of the body require these techniques. The intensity of this technique also can be seen as painful or aggressive, so some people prefer for extra traditional soft tissue treatments, such as massage or acupressure.