Active Release Techniques (ART) is a specific, movement based,
muscle release system. It deals with muscle and other soft tissue
only. Active Release provides a way to diagnose and treat the underlying
causes of a variety of conditions collectively called cumulative trauma
disorders. These disorders are also known as repetitive stress injuries
or "overuse" syndromes. These syndromes are given familiar names like
rotator cuff syndrome, tendonitis and plantar fascitis. Other conditions
that fall directly into this category are post- operative scar tissue,
carpal tunnel, chronic low back pain, and hyper extension/flexion injury
Understanding Soft Tissue Dysfunction
To understand soft tissue injury, you must comprehend the basic mechanism
of cumulative injury. Cumulative trauma disorder is the major injury
problem in the workforce and the general population in this country.
Federal statistics show that it now surpasses back pain, and worsening by
670 percent in the last 5 years. Past therapies such as massage, heat,
cold, electrical stimulation, rest, exercise and surgery – have all
failed to treat them effectively.” Leahy
Symptoms of cumulative trauma disorders are sensations of tingling,
burning, aching and weaknesses. When a muscle, tendon, ligament, or nerve
is damaged from trauma or overuse, the body will attempt to repair the
damage with scar tissue. These scar tissue adhesions left untreated
perpetuate the cumulative injury cycle and result in progressive loss of
function and increased pain. Soft tissue dysfunction often leads to a
loss of flexibility, strength, and range of motion. People often
attribute these losses to "just getting old," but this is seldom the
Active Release separates, releases, and stretches the connective tissue
adhesions, restores vascular and lymph circulation, and increases your
range of motion, flexibility, and strength.
The treatments can be a bit uncomfortable, or even a little painful, but
this pain is an important indicator that the problem has been located and
signals that the treatments are correcting the injury. Patients often
report that it "hurts good."
Regardless of your activity level you can benefit from Active Release.
From those who are victims of car accidents -- or even the proud weekend
warrior -- Active Release has proven to be a fast, effective,
non-invasive way to heal a wide variety of soft tissue injuries.
Throughout an initial examination, we focus on the patient’s specific
problem areas, using Active Release to diagnose the presence of abnormal
inflammation and scar tissue adhesions. We then discusses findings and
recommendations for treatment with the patient. Recommendations include
what kind of treatments are necessary, how many treatments are needed,
and the prognosis for a complete recovery. We treat the affected area by
using Active Release -- a unique combination of pressure, tension, and
motion to reduce the scar tissue adhesions, which are causing your pain.
Many patients experience complete recovery after only 5–10 visits,
although this depends on the severity of their injuries. Because of the
soft tissue component, where other treatments fail, ART succeeds. The
bottom line is that patients get well quickly, completely, and with much
less expense. In fact because success rates are so high and costs are so
low, the Colorado Compensation Insurance Authority is funding a study
comparing Active Release to more conventional or typical treatments for
cumulative trauma injuries.