Active Release Technique
by Dr. Jason Taylor
What is Active Release Technique (ART)?
ART is a system of myofascial release techniques that are designed to restore proper function and structure to damaged soft tissues (i.e. muscles, nerves and fascia). The protocols for ART require very specific training, knowledge and understanding of the human frame and its biomechanical function. For these reasons, only those certified and specifically trained in ART are allowed to perform the technique.
How does it work?
ART addresses the damage done to the soft tissues of the body caused by the effects of the “Cumulative Trauma Cycle”. With an injury, there is a decrease in the oxygen available to the involved tissues, which leads to the development of fibrotic tissue and adhesions. This results in abnormal tissue texture and tension and ultimately abnormal function. During an ART treatment the muscles are moved through their full range of motion while an external tension is drawn along the course of the muscle. The goals are to increase blood flow, reduce adhesions between structures, and assist proper remodeling of healing tissues. The ultimate goal is to restore proper function to muscles and joints in order to relieve pain and improve overall performance.
Who can benefit from this?
ART gained most of its reputation as a cutting edge soft tissue treatment system by working with elite athletes from various disciplines including Olympians, marathoners, Ironman triathletes and professional athletes in many sports. These individuals make a living from their bodies and constantly require treatment to keep them performing at their optimum level. When they experience an injury they want it resolved as quickly as possible so they can continue to train and compete, ART helps them to do this.
Don’t worry if you are not an elite athlete. ART has been used with as much success in treating individuals who suffer from a variety of common conditions. Carpal tunnel syndrome, tennis elbow, IT band syndrome, headaches, shoulder, neck and low back pain, plantar fasciitis and many other musculoskeletal injuries have been shown to improve with ART treatment. In fact, ART has proven so effective on repetitive strain injuries that in the state of Colorado the majority of these cases are sent for ART treatment before any surgical intervention is recommended.
If you are interested in ART and feel that it could benefit you or someone you know
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