Active Release Technique (ART)
What is Active Release Technique?
The Active Release Technique (ART) is a
technique based on soft-tissue mobilization. It is used to treat injuries to the muscles, tendons, and ligaments which often stem from repetitive stress or trauma. Preliminary studies prove this modality to be more effective than many conventional treatments for many soft-tissue conditions.
Active Release therapy consists of a combination of examination and treatment. During an initial exam, the provider first determines the location and type of tissue
that is generating the pain. During treatment, the physician maintains firm pressure on the targeted area while guiding movements by the patient, which breaks up damaged tissues. Once the contraction knots release, the patient will begin to experience reduced pain and enhanced blood flow to the area. What differentiates this technique from similar therapies is the active movement of the body part by the patient
, which can help ensure the exact sites of pain are properly addressed.
Active Release can produce significant improvement in the first session, although the best results occur after 4-5 sessions.
What It Treats
Preliminary studies prove the Active Release Technique to be more effective than many conventional treatments for many soft-tissue conditions including:
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