Active Release Technique (ART®) is a patented, state of the art movement-based soft tissue technique that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia, and nerves. ART® helps break down pain generating soft tissue adhesions (scar tissue) which are a by-product of cumulative soft tissue trauma. The build up of scar tissue leads to soft tissue tension, pain, and dysfunction.
How Do Overuse Conditions Occur?
Soft tissue adhesions may be the result of acute injuries such as sprains, strains, or bruises or from repetitive motions that are common in athletic training or daily occupational routines. When muscles and tissues are continually contracted, blood flow is restricted to the surrounding tissues. Blood flow provides oxygen to the tissues that creates energy for the tissues so that they can carry on with their activities.
Muscles require a lot of oxygen to function. If muscles are overused, this constantly limits blood flow and decreases the oxygen supply to the area. When this occurs, the body begins to replace the muscle tissue with tissue that doesn’t require as much oxygen or energy to function – namely scar tissue. Scar tissue is a rough and sticky substance that ties down tissues that need to move freely. As scar tissue builds up, muscles become shorter and weaker, tension on tendons causes tendonitis, and nerves can become trapped. This results in reduced range of motion, loss of strength, and pain. If a nerve is trapped you may also feel tingling, numbness, and weakness. Most musculoskeletal conditions can be treated with ART®.