Soft tissue injuries are happening more and more, and it’s not just with the athletes. Not only are we seeing injuries on the field, but also in the workplace and around the house. Conditions like sciatica, carpal tunnel, shin splints, knee pain, rotator cuff pain, etc. all have one thing in common: they are usually a result of overuse or cumulative stress.
Overuse injuries can affect the tissues in a few different ways:
- Acute injuries (pulls, tears, collisions)
- build up of small micro-tears in the muscle fibers
- lack of oxygen/hydration to the muscles
As a result of these occurrences, Scar Tissue will form on the muscles, thus limiting the range of motion and adding excess tension and vulnerability to the tissue. This scar tissue build-up can also affect the tendons causing tendonitis, and nerves can become entrapped.
Active Release Techniques (ART) precisely finds the scar tissue and breaks it up using a set of very specific treatment protocols.
With over 500 treatment protocols, we as ART providers can effectively treat muscles, ligaments, tendons, nerves, and fascia. These protocols are performed by shortening the treated area(muscle,ligament, tendon, nerve), placing a flat thumb contact on that tissue, and lengthening the tissue while applying a tension with the thumb. The thumb tension, combined with the active lengthening of the tissue being worked, allows for us to accurately locate, evaluate, and treat any and all scar tissue in that area.
The concept of ART seems pretty simple, and if you’re familiar with anatomy and muscle function, it seems even easier. However, the hardest part about ART is the amount of accuracy it requires to pinpoint the cause of the injury AND the appropriate location of the scar tissue buildup or nerve entrapment. Furthermore, to ensure that a muscle or nerve doesn’t become damaged, a practitioner’s contact and tension with the hand/thumb must also be performed accurately.
Stay tuned for demo videos on ART, and if you are in pain, lack range of motion, or have an old nagging injury that keeps you from functioning properly, contact an ART provider in your area by clicking here.