Active release technique (ART) is a manual therapy that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia (connective tissue), and nerves. It involves identifying and breaking up scar tissue and adhesions that cause pain and limited motion. Our therapist uses their hands to apply pressure and move the affected area in specific ways. ART can help with various conditions such as shoulder pain, plantar fasciitis, sciatica, tennis elbow, and more.
ART is different from other manual therapies such as massage, chiropractic, or acupuncture. These therapies mainly focus on relaxing the muscles, aligning the joints, or stimulating the energy flow. ART, however, focuses on breaking up the scar tissue and adhesions that cause pain and limited motion. ART also requires the active participation of the patient, who has to move the affected area in specific ways while the therapist applies pressure.
Also this technique is quite different from other soft tissue release techniques such as myofascial release, trigger point therapy, or Graston technique. These techniques also aim to break up scar tissue and adhesions, but they use different methods and tools. For example, myofascial release uses gentle sustained pressure to stretch the fascia (the connective tissue that surrounds the muscles), trigger point therapy uses deep pressure to deactivate painful knots in the muscles, and Graston technique uses metal instruments to scrape the skin and stimulate healing. ART, however, uses specific pressure points and movements to isolate and target the affected area.
Our therapists are certified to use Active release technique (ART) by the board of A.R.T association in the USA. Stop waiting and start healing with us! Call us today to book an appointment!