What Is Active Release Technique?

Do you have pain resulting from and injury or overused muscles? Whether you’re experiencing headaches, neck or back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, sciatica, shoulder pain, plantar fasciitis, TMJ, shin splints, tennis elbow, or knee problems, Active Release Technique ® (ART®) may be the solution to resolve these conditions relatively quickly and permanently.

When muscles are overused, the tissues of the body often get bound up and adhere to other tissues and nerves that need to move freely in order to function properly. This creates adhesions that cause shorter and weaker muscles, tendonitis, or entrapped nerves.  Improper posture, faulty biomechanics, compensation injuries, muscle strain, and ligament sprain can also cause soft tissues to be compromised, leading to adhesions, scar tissue, and nerve entrapments.

Active_Release-HandActive Release Technique ® is an extremely safe and effective form of treatment to correct these types of soft tissue problems and injuries. This technique uses a hands-on manual therapy approach to lengthen muscles and release adhesions to tissues and nerves.  This is accomplished by the practitioner applying precisely directed tension with the patient performing very specific movements to shorten and lengthen the muscles.

What Is a Typical Active Release Technique ® Treatment Like?

The muscles, ligaments, and nerves of involvement are identified during a physical examination. Next, specific movements are initiated to shorten and lengthen the involved muscles, ligaments, and tendons. The soft tissues are encouraged to slide over one another while the practitioner is contacting the injured area. This movement not only breaks up adhesions and scar tissue, but also separates bound up nerves from connective tissues or muscle layers. This technique is always done to the patient’s tolerance.

There are over 500 specific treatment protocols, all unique to Active Release Technique ®, that may be used in a combination of ways to optimize results in a short period of time. It is common for a patient to see significant results within just a few treatment sessions.

The type of conditions successfully treated with Active Release Technique ® is very diverse.  Schedule an appointment at Arizona Pain Specialists for evaluation to determine if this treatment option may be of benefit to you.

At Arizona Pain, our goal is to relieve your pain and improve function to increase your quality of life.
Give us a call today at 480-563-6400.