Active Release Technique TM
ART® is a patented, state of the art, soft tissue technique that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. Over-used muscles (and other soft tissues) change in three important ways:
- acute conditions (pulls, tears, collisions, etc),
- accumulation of small tears (micro-trauma)
- not getting enough oxygen (hypoxia).
These tissue injuries cause the body to produce scar tissue in an attempt to repair the damage. The cells that form scar tissue are not as mobile as normal tissue cells and prevent tissues from moving properly which leads to pain, reduced range of motion and loss of strength. Scar tissue may also adhere to nerves. If a nerve is trapped, you may also feel tingling, numbness, and weakness. Abnormal tissues are treated by combining precisely directed tension with very specific patient movements to break down scar tissue. Treatment helps restore range of motion and promote proper healing.