Using Active Release Techniques in Millersville and Crofton, MD
Your body has incredible self-healing properties, so why turn to drugs and surgery when you can tap into your own ability to recover and regenerate? Effective Integrative Healthcare believes in sharing this principle with our patients and bringing the best in natural care to our community. To that end, we find that Active Release Techniques (ART) are a surprisingly simple and noninvasive set of treatment options that are also surprisingly effective among patients who once thought surgery or prescription medication was their only option to get through each day without debilitating pain.
What Is ART?
Active Release Technique (ART) is a patented, state-of-the-art soft tissue system of movement based on massage techniques. ART is often used by physical therapists to treat problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia, and nerves. There are over 500 specific movements in the ART treatment protocols to address any part of a patient’s anatomy with precision. These movements allow therapists to identify and correct the specific problems that are affecting each individual patient. ART is not a cookie-cutter approach to stretching that you might encounter in a yoga class or web video; it’s a targeted form of therapy that requires training and experience to customize to each patient.
Top Symptoms Treated by ART
Headaches, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, shin splints, shoulder pain, sciatica, plantar fasciitis, knee problems, and tennis elbow are just a few of the many conditions that can be resolved quickly and permanently with ART. These conditions all have one important thing in common: They are often a result of overused muscles. Overused muscles and other soft tissues are the results of three possible issues:
- Acute Conditions (Pulls, Tears, Collisions, Etc.)
- Accumulation of Small Tears (Micro-Traumas)
- A Lack of Oxygen (Hypoxia)
Each of these factors can cause your body to produce tough, dense scar tissue in the affected area. This scar tissue binds up and ties down tissues that need to move freely for a full range of motion and flexibility. As scar tissue builds up, muscles become shorter and weaker, tension on tendons causes tendonitis, and nerves can become trapped. This results in a loss of range of motion, loss of strength, and pain.
What to Expect During an ART Treatment
Every ART session is actually a combination of examination and treatment in real time. The ART therapist uses his or her hands to evaluate the texture, tightness, and movement of muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments, and nerves. As your therapist finds abnormal tissues during the gentle examination, these areas will be treated at the moment by combining specific patient movements with precisely directed muscle tension to release and stretch the tissue.
If you’re not sure about ART, we encourage you to schedule a free consultation in our Millersville or Crofton offices, where we can discuss if ART is appropriate for you and demonstrate some basic movements so you feel comfortable and confident about pursuing better health.