This past weekend, I had the opportunity to attend Active Release Technique’s (ART) Long Tract Nerve Entrapment course. This course was designed to provide protocols to effectively release nerves that may be entrapped along the path of the nerve, starting at its root, and finishing at it’s end branches.  One of the most fascinating components of this course was the ability to view the nerve’s path through the body on a cadaver.  It provided a much more precise visual of where the nerve runs along the course of each muscle segment

Why is this important for YOU?

ART is an effective treatment for breaking up scar tissue and normalizing muscles to their standard length. Sometimes, however, the nerves-which run alongside and even through muscles-can still be entrapped.  This entrapment keeps the nerves from sliding through the body, which can result in similar pain symptoms as well as numbness/tingling.  The goal with these long tract protocols is to allow the nerve to slide along all major muscle groups through which the nerve travels.

Let’s take Sciatica, for example:

sciatica-01Sciatica is a rather common diagnoses that most people are aware of.  This nerve pain can send shooting pains down the leg.  It can even present sharp pains to areas of the posterior leg as low as the heel!  Once we have treated all surrounding muscles that the Sciatic nerve runs through, it’s possible that pain symptoms can continue to occur.  ART has 6 protocols to treat the entire tract of the nerve starting from the heel and finishing up by the glutes/piriformis region.  Once the nerve can slide properly through its course, symptoms will subside and muscle function can be normalized.

Above and Beyond!!!

Not everyone is necessarily a candidate for this treatment.  I have been successful in treating numerous cases without using these protocols.  As my practice has expanded, and I am beginning to see more difficult cases, it is important to me to make sure I have a thorough arsenal of treatment protocols to help my clients.  ART’s level of precision and their close attention paid to anatomical dysfunctions goes above and beyond most forms of treatments out there, and I’m thankful to have built my practice with this method as my foundation!