What is Active Release Technique?
Active Release Technique (ART) is used for treating soft tissue injuries that occur from trauma or repetitive over use. Dysfunction in a region usually involves a combination of problems in the fascia, nerves, muscles, joints, and tendons. An overused area will eventually develop scar tissue that prevents the muscle from being able to relax or contract. It is the scar tissue that restricts the normal range of motion of the region and thus causes dysfunction that shows as pain, tingling, burning, radiating pain, numbness, tingling, and stiffness.
Who Developed Active Release Technique?
The technique was developed by a chiropractor, Dr. Michael Leahy, who teaches the technique world-wide. It has rapidly become one of the best techniques that a manual therapist can use to help quickly restore the function of an area.
Conditions Treated with Active Release Technique.
Active release technique can be used for a variety of conditions such as neck pain, back pain, headaches, sports injuries, car accident injuries, and work place injuries. Whether the injury is in the acute phase, sub acute phase, or a chronic condition, active release technique can help. Other injuries or chronic problems such as herniated or bulging discs also respond well to the specialized technique. Stiffness is another condition that responds very well ART.
What Does an Active Release Technique treatment like?
Before your Denver doctor who is specially trained in ART, he will examine your body to help determine where to target the therapy. Usually ART is performed with other therapies offered by the Denver chiropractor. ART is used with other therapies such as cold laser therapy in Denver, joint manipulation, graston technique in Denver, dry needling, kinesio taping, and other services. The treatment itself will utilize the doctor placing your muscle in a shortened position. At this point, your doctor will apply pressure to a certain area of the shortened tissue. Once the doctor has applied pressure, he will instruct you to move that area in a certain pattern. When the pattern is finished, you will resume at the starting point and the doctor will apply pressure to a different point on the muscle. The doctor’s goal is to achieve a release in tissue, once this occurs he will apply the technique to the next region. This release is felt by the patient and the doctor