A.R.T. Treatments (Active Release Technique)
What is Active Release Technique (A.R.T.)?
When an injury occurs to a muscle, tendon, or ligament, it tends to become tight and inflamed. A repair cycle begins to take place, allowing the injured tissue to heal. During the initial stages, friction and inflammation around the injured area increases to protect from further injury. This causes the area to swell, constricting normal blood flow. The body’s natural response to this inflammation is reduced circulation, fibrosis (scar tissue formation) and resulting muscular adhesions (tissues glued together). This fibrosis process (scar tissue formation) can result in muscular adhesions that “glue” together the muscle fibers and surrounding structures. This leads to pain and improper function due to the tissues being “stuck.” Under optimal healing conditions, the repaired tissue will be approximately 70% as strong as un-injured tissues. Over time, repetitive injuries cause muscles to become tight, leathery, and bound-up with a higher probability to injure again. Repetitive strain injuries are often characterized by pain that comes and goes, with each flare-up a little more painful than the previous. Hence, the cycle continues. Most seek help for their conditions by choosing just one type of treatment option. Physical therapy, massage, anti-inflammatory meds, and chiropractic care are typical choices. Sometimes complicated conditions don’t resolve and treatment becomes expensive and ineffective. At some point patients may feel frustrated, and opt for doctors to perform surgery, with potential minimal results and months of rehab. Often times, a combination of treatments are needed to address the specific types of tissues injured to eliminate the need for evasive surgeries when possible.
“Active Release Technique is solving even the toughest cases without the use of drugs or surgeries!”
How do overuse conditions occur?
- acute conditions (pulls, tears, collisions, etc),
- accumulation of small tears (micro-trauma)
- not getting enough oxygen (hypoxia).