Active Release Therapy Riverside Sports Therapy

Who Should Consider Active Release Therapy?

     We all have repetitive daily activities which cause stress and can even form scar tissue, leading to hindered range of motion and basic functions of soft tissues (muscles, ligaments, tendons and nerves). Scar tissue is deposited in healthy tissue as a result of acute injury, micro trauma (tiny tears), and hypoxia (lack of oxygen). 

     Not all injuries to our muscles need to have come from aggressive or athletic activity. As we age our muscles, tendons and joints develop scar tissue causing our bodies to become stiff. This is especially true of individuals who have undergone surgery or who are routinely involved in highly repetitive movements like hammering, typing or sitting. Our bodies will adapt to these highly repetitive movements. Although our bodies are extremely good at adapting to repetitive movements, these adaptations may not be healthy and can eventually cause other problems to arise.

Key Symptoms:

  • Soft tissue pain
  • Stiffness
  • Decreased range of motion
  • Numbness
  • Weakness

What is Active Release Therapy?

     Active Release Technique® (ART) focuses on soft tissue that has built up scar tissue.  Each treatment is specific to the type of injury the muscle has sustained.  During this treatment, providers uses their hands to evaluate the texture, tightness and mobility of the soft tissue. Using hand pressure with stretching motions, we are able to work to remove and break up the scar tissue that is causing the symptom.  

Active Release Technique® (ART) was developed as a treatment method to help muscles perform at their very best. Once a group of muscles have been treated we will see an immediate increase in performance. Individuals report an increase in power, strength, quickness, agility and pain free ranges of motion. ART treatments for performance optimization can be combined with Contemporary Medical Acupuncture to improve specific firing patterns of muscles.

Applications for Active Release Therapy:

  • Headaches
  • Back pain
  • Hip pain
  • Neck pain
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Golfer’s elbow
  • Tendonitis
  • Shin splints
  • Shoulder pain
  • Sciatica
  • Leg pain
  • TMJ
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Knee problems
  • Wrist pain
  • Tennis elbow

Want to learn more about Active Release Therapy?  Contacts Us and we will answer all of your questions.