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Active Release Techniques is a movement based massage technique that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves.

Active Release Techniques (ART) is known to help treat a wide variety of common conditions (detailed below) quickly and permanently. These conditions all have one important thing in common: they are often a result of overused muscles and the build up of scar tissue.

There are three ways which overused muscles are injured:

1. Tears/rips occur from an injury to the muscle
2. Small tears in the muscle fiber happen from repetitive use of a muscle
3. Your muscle is held in tension for long periods of time (like bad posture, or working at a computer). Because the muscle is held tight, blood can’t get to all parts of the muscle; muscle not receiving oxygen dies.

Each of these factors can cause your body to produce tough, dense scar tissue in the affected area. This scar tissue affects the proper movement of the tissue, causing your muscle to become shorter and weaker – which can lead reduced range of motion, loss of strength, and pain. If a nerve is trapped you may also feel tingling, numbness, and weakness.ART works to break that scar tissue down through manual therapy.

Common Conditions Active Release Techniques can help?

  • * Headaches
  • * Back Pain
  • * Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • * Shin splints
  • * Shoulder pain
  • * Sciatica
  • * Plantar fasciitis
  • * Knee problems
  • * Tennis elbow

How does Active Release Techniques work?

Your ART session will start with an examination. The doctor will use her hands to evaluate the texture, tightness and movement of muscles, fascia, tendons and ligaments, and will perform a series of nerve tests depending on the area of the pain you’re experiencing. Abdnormal tissues are then treated by combining precisely directed tension with very specific patient movements.


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