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Reduce Pain Fast with the Active Release Technique

Active Release Technique

The Active Release Technique (ART) can help you get out of pain faster than traditional treatment techniques alone.

Developed over 30 years ago by Dr. P. Michael Leahy, the Active Release Technique combines a patient’s anatomy with engineering and biomechanics. The goal is to focus in on a specific area of the body that’s undergone trauma, break up scar tissue, and help the patient function normally again as soon as possible.

How Active Release Technique in Rockwall Works

ART uses a combination of movement and manipulation/pressure to treat a traumatized area of the body. The therapist identifies what parts of the body have been injured, particularly:

  • Muscles: Overuse or trauma issues that cause muscle strain and pain.
  • Tendons/Ligaments: Tendons and ligaments connect muscles to bones or bones to other bones. When these tissues are injured, it can lead to pain, as well as a decreased range of motion.
  • Fascia: This connective tissue protects the body’s muscles and organs. Inflammation of the fascia can lead to stiffness and pain.

When the body experiences trauma, scar tissue builds up. If not addressed, the scar tissue will continue to grow, leading to pain, loss of range of motion, and long-term damage.

Once the injured area is identified, the practitioner will gently manipulate it to start breaking up the scar tissue. They may stretch the muscles as well to release some of the tension. Because the pressure is very precise, the session can be uncomfortable for some people.

Conditions That Benefit from ART

ART can be used to treat:

  • Tension headaches
  • Neck pain
  • Low back pain
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Shoulder strain
  • Sciatica
  • Knee Pain
  • Bursitis

Some people see results after one appointment, while others need more, especially if they’re dealing with a chronic condition.

Overall Benefits of Using the Active Release Technique

Some benefits include:

  • Reduced pain
  • Increased flexibility
  • Increased range of motion
  • Relief from headaches
  • Management of shin splints, plantar fasciitis, tennis elbow, and sciatic nerve pain

Why Your ART Practitioner Recommends Combining Treatments

At Rockwall Elite Healthcare, the practitioners often recommend utilizing more than one type of treatment at a time. The reason for this is that it gives you a better chance of healing more quickly and thoroughly. Plus, in many cases, combined treatments help reduce pain faster than a single type of treatment.

Some treatments your medical doctor, nurse practitioner or chiropractor might recommend in addition to ART:

30 Years Later and ART Is Still a Preferred Technique

Therapists have an abundance of techniques at their disposal that can help ease pain and promote healing. Some of them are very similar to the ART, like deep tissue massage, dry needling, Rolfing, and more.

The Active Release Technique is still a preferred technique for Rockwall chiropractors and doctors for good reason. After 30 years, it’s one of the safest, most effective techniques for treating soft tissue injuries.

Curious if ART can help you? Contact us today at 972-961-0673 to schedule an examination.