- an act of helpful activity
Active Release Technique is a patented, state of the art soft tissue system/movement based massage technique that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. 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.
How do overuse conditions occur?
Over-used muscles (and other soft tissues) change in three important ways:
~acute conditions (pulls, tears, collisions, etc),
~accumulation of small tears (micro-trauma)
~not getting enough 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. As scar tissue builds up, muscles become shorter and weaker, tension on tendons causes tendonitis, and nerves can become trapped. This can cause reduced range of motion, loss of strength, and pain. If a nerve is trapped you may also feel tingling, numbness, and weakness.
What is an ART treatment like?
Every ART session is actually a combination of examination and treatment. The ART provider uses his or her hands to evaluate the texture, tightness and movement of muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments and nerves. Abnormal tissues are treated by combining precisely directed tension with very specific patient movements.
In the purest sense, chiropractic assesses the function of the nervous system by analyzing and correcting faulty joint movement in the spine and extremities. The purpose of manipulation is to restore abnormal joint motion to areas of restriction. There are a variety of ways to accomplish this but the end result is always the same – less pain and better movement. The use of chiropractors has never been more important than now as we are constantly pushed towards a sedentary lifestyle. Our clinic focuses on educating patients about the importance of pain free movement and the role chiropractic manipulation can play in restoring and maintaining healthy joint motion.
We have found that teaching people how to move better in everyday activities goes so much further than handing them a sheet of corrective exercises. Movement is similar to the English language. If you understand a few basic letters you can create a vocabulary of over a million words. Movement is no different. Understand the basics and you can accomplish incredible things. The problem is nobody is teaching the principals of good movement and much of the current trends in the fitness industry do not address what healthy movement is. Our approach to movement is simple – teach you the fundamentals and let you apply them to your everyday life.
Move Well, Move Often Gray Cook PT Extraordinaire