It can be tempting to overlook discomfort, believing it would go away on its own, whether it is caused by a sports injury or sitting at a desk all day. You alter your activities so that pain doesn't flare up as you learn to cope with little discomfort. But what if a straightforward remedy could get rid of your limitations, ease your pain, and allow you to move freely once more? You can target the limits brought on by both chronic and recent pain with active release technique. There is much to learn about this relatively new physiotherapy treatment approach.
Active release technique can be particularly effective for treating overused muscles, which can lead to a host of different symptoms, including:
When muscles and connective tissues are injured, adhesions (thick clumps of dense scar tissue) form. ART works by removing these adhesions with deep tissue massage and other techniques. Your muscles' flexibility is restricted when scarring binds between them, leading to pain and stiffness in your muscles and joints. Adhesions can occasionally entrap nerves. Your muscles, joints, and nerves can move freely once again thanks to the breaking up of adhesions caused by the manipulation of the soft tissues during ART. Your healthcare professional will feel the area and pinpoint the location of the scarring during an ART session. To break up the scarring and restore proper blood flow so the area can recover, they will manipulate the area with the method to identify and target it.
Myofascial release techniques and massage are other treatments that concentrate on this idea of release, but ART takes a different approach. Practitioners learn more than 500 unique manual therapy techniques that are used to identify and address soft tissue limitations. The therapist will determine which individual muscles to work on during each session and locate the scar tissue that is contributing to the problem. Manual pressure on scarring combined with patient movement is how ART works.
Mike Leahy, a sports chiropractor from Colorado, created active release therapy in the 1980s. After becoming popular among elite athletes, it swiftly gained popularity among the general public. Active release can now be performed by both chiropractors and physiotherapists, who have received the necessary training to employ ART alone or in conjunction with other rehabilitation methods that are a part of your treatment plan. For ART certification, practitioners must study more than 500 distinct protocols for treating damaged body parts with physical tension and patient movement.
The purpose of ART is to dissolve the adhesions, relieve your pain, and restore your range of motion. Muscles and joints can glide and move easily once again without discomfort or stiffness by removing scar tissue. ART can be extremely painful and requires very precise pressure. A difficult treatment session is possible for you if you have a low pain threshold. Some people may only require one session, while others may require several. Only certified providers should perform ART. It is important when seeking any type of therapeutic care that you make sure to attend clinics with certified professionals. This is for your own safety and your ultimate wellbeing.
Inflammation causes the formation of dense fibrous tissue called scar tissue. Scar tissue binds and connects wounded tissue. It's a natural healing process that your body goes through. Scarring, however, performs fewer tasks than healthy, normal tissue. Muscles may shorten and weaken as a result of scarring or adhesions, while nerves may get pinched or entrapped. Pain and dysfunction in the area result from these changes to the muscles and nerves. Through ART, scar tissue and adhesions are broken up, reducing discomfort and restoring function to the affected area of the body.
ART is a successful treatment for many soft tissue disorders and injuries, including overuse and sports-related injuries. In order to resume your favourite activities, it can help you reduce pain and stiffness and improve your range of motion. Since ART is a method utilized by physiotherapists and chiropractors, it is frequently accessible for the same price as a regular session. Before scheduling a consultation, it's a good idea to find out how much the treatment will cost. You should also confirm with your health insurance company whether Active Release Therapy is covered by your policy.