Active Release Technique

ACTIVE RELEASE TECHNIQUE

The GOLD STANDARD ON SOFT TISSUE TREATMENT
* Repetitive Strain
* Sports Injuries
* Cumulative Trauma Disorders
What is Active Release Technique (ART)?

ART - Active Release Tehnique is a patented, state-the-art soft tisue technique that is based on the science of soft-tissue biomechanics. It is a non-invasive procedure that locates and breaks down scar tissue and adhesions that are the result of soft-tissue injuries. It is a "hands-on" manipulation that targets specific problem areas and heals through a combination of pressure and motion.
What Does ART Treat?

When muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia, or nerves are damaged through trauma or overuse, the body will repair it with scar tissue. This can result in muscles, tendons and nerves becoming adhered together, interfering with their normal function therefore causing Daln, stiffness, weakness and numbness. ART is effective at treating a variety of symptoms:
* sports injuries both acute & chronic
* sciatica
* plantar fascitis 
* carpal tunnel syndrome
* tendinitis (golfers/tennis elbow) 
* frozen shoulder
* knee/ankle injuries 
* shin splints
* Achilles tendinitis 
* TMJ syndrome
* IT band 
* repetitive stress injuries
* whiplash 
* head aches
* neck pain 
* back pain
* and other joint pain
These conditions all have one important thing in common; they often result from injury to over-used muscles.
How Do Overuse injuries Occur?

Over-used muscles (and other soft tissues) change in three important ways: 
* acute injuries (pulls, tears, collisions, etc.)
* accumulation of small tears (micro-trauma), repetitive injuries 
* not getting enough oxygen (hypoxia)
Each of these factors can cause 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 cause tendonitis and nerves can be trapped. This can cause reduced ranges of motion, loss of strength and pain. If a nerve is trapped you may also feel tingling, numbness, and weakness.
Cumulative Injury Cycle

Repetitive Stress, Repetitive Trauma, Repetitive Injuries — all can add up to cumulative type injuries such as: Carpal tunnel, whiplash injuries, poor posture, rotator cuff syndrome, tissue tears, and chronic low back pain to name a few.
If left untreated due to "It will go away!" or `a reduction in pain symptoms.' The area of injury will lead to inflammation to the tissue resulting in adhesions/fibrosis, later forming scar tissue, weakness and tension to the tissue, decrease range of motion with stiffness/soreness, followed by decreased circulation and hypoxia (loss of oxygen to the tissue).
Improving Performance with ART treatment

 ART restores proper function to the muscle through reducing and eliminating adhesions/scar tissue. This enables the muscles to move with the lease amount of effort with the function it was intended for. With the muscles and tissue operating with proper function, this will allow for optimum performance.
What Is An ART Treatment Like?
  
Every ART session is actually a combination of examination and treatment. The ART provider uses his/her hands to evaluated the texture, tightness and movement of muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments, and nerves. Abnormal tissues are treated by combining nrecisely directed tension with very specific Patient movements. Your Biomechanics are also evaluated depending on your type of injury or specific sport. This is to determine which muscles or muscle group is involved.
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.
Why Only Certified ART Practitioners?

Certified practitioners are required to have advanced knowledge of nerve, muscle, and soft-tissue anatomy and biomechanics. ART practitioners must complete a number of intensive training courses requiring knowledge of over 500 treatment protocols. Including more than 300 muscular and fascial injuries and over 100 nerve entrapments, which often cause numbness and tingling. A score of 90% on both the written and practical exams is required to attaining credentials. An accredited practitioner will have certification verifying completion of the required courses in this specialized technique. This is an important factor when looking for a knowledgeable practitioner. Many practitioners say they do the same thin--: "It's very similar." Remember there are no substitutes — They must be certified in the ART technique are you are not getting ART.

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