What is Active Release Technique (ART)?
ART is a soft tissue system that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. The following are just a few of the many conditions that can be resolved quickly and permanently with ART. These conditions all have one important thing in common which is that they often result from injury to over-used muscles
- Back Pain
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Shin Splints
- Shoulder Pain
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Knee Problems
- Tennis Elbow.
How do overuse injuries occur?
Over-used muscles (and other soft tissues) change in three important ways:
Acute injuries (pulls, tears, collisions, etc),
Accumulation of small tears (micro-trauma)
Not getting enough oxygen (hypoxia).
Each of these factors cause your body to produce tough, dense scar tissue. This scar tissue binds up and ties down tissues that need to move freely causing muscles to become shorter and weaker, tension on tendons causes tendonosis, and nerves can become trapped. This causes reduced range of motion, loss of strength, and pain. When a nerve is trapped you may feel tingling, numbness, and weakness.
What is an ART treatment like?
Every ART session is actually a combination of examination and treatment. Dr. Rae uses his hands to evaluate the texture, tightness and movement of muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments and nerves. Dr. Rae treats abnormal tissues by combining precisely directed tension with specific patient movements.
ART treatment protocols allow Dr. Rae to identify and correct the specific problems that are affecting you. Treatment is non-invasive, very safe, has virtually no side-effects and has a record for producing very good results. Treatments can feel uncomfortable during the movement phases as the scar tissues or adhesions break up. This discomfort is temporary and subsides very quickly after treatment. Treatments take about ten minutes for each area treated and may require anywhere from two to ten visits.