What is Active Release Therapy?


So, you’re looking to ease your chronic pain symptoms. You might feel like you’ve tried absolutely everything. But have you given Active Release Therapy (ART) a try?

Repetitive, cumulative injuries can cause serious damage to your body’s soft tissues. Autoimmune disorders can also negatively impact our blood vessels, muscles, and nerves. Regardless of the cause, it probably feels like you just can’t get any relief.

That’s where ART comes in. It has been shown to reverse the damage and lead to a lot less pain. With that being said, let’s talk a bit more in-depth about ART and its many benefits.

What is Active Release Therapy?

Active Release Therapy is a technique that targets the soft tissue of the body including scar tissue, adhesions, and connective tissue.  It essentially is breaking up these soft tissues that limit motion and cause pain, which in turn will allow injuries to heal at a faster rate.

Conditions ART Treats

Okay, so how do you know if your condition is treatable? Well, here are a few of the health conditions ART has been successfully used to treat:

  • carpal tunnel syndrome
  • chronic cervical and spinal pain
  • tension headaches and migraines
  • plantar fasciitis
  • sciatica
  • bursitis

Of course, it can also be used to treat injuries sustained from playing sports. Any condition that has caused your soft tissues to develop scar tissue is typically treatable with ART.

But how do you know if you have scar tissue if you can’t see it? Aside from having localized pain symptoms, you could be experiencing a limited range of motion, joint inflammation, numbness/tingling, or even a loss of muscular strength over time.

ART Benefits

ART has quite a few benefits for a large number of people. Not only can it improve pain in the neck and lower back, it can also:

  • improve carpal tunnel symptoms
  • boost flexibility
  • ease symptoms of plantar fasciitis
  • alleviate tension headaches
  • treat tennis elbow symptoms

 

The goal is for you to experience as little pain as possible by reducing the scar tissue that perpetuates it.

What to Expect During a Session

ART is ideal for many people and it is a non-invasive technique. An ART session can be intense but shouldn’t be painful, and your comprehensive treatment plan might be improved with the addition of ART. ART has been shown to be clinically effective.  In fact, it could prevent the need for surgery down the road. Give your body a chance to heal by having a highly-trained professional perform ART on you.