What is Active Release Technique® (ART®)?
Active Release Technique, is a patented, state-of-the-art soft tissue treatment approach that allows a certified practitioner in Active Release Technique® to diagnose and treat soft tissue injuries. Developed in the USA over 30 years ago by chiropractor Dr Michael Leahy DC, Active Release Technique® has now become considered as the ‘gold’ standard in soft tissue treatment and is now being implemented within premier league football/premiership rugby clubs and Team GB Athletics.
What is an Active Release Technique® treatment like?
Every Active Release Technique® session is actually a combination of examination and treatment. The Active Release Technique® 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.
These treatment protocols – over 500 specific moves – are unique to Active Release Technique®. They allow providers to identify and correct the specific problems that are affecting each individual patient.
What conditions can Active Release Technique® help with?
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 Active Release Technique®. 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.
How soon can I expect to see results?
The techniques applied using ART® are very effective and quickly treat the problem areas of soft tissue, helping the body return to normal function. Our patients respond really well to ART®, usually seeing a significant improvement within 4-6 treatments. The goals of ART are simple! Increase blood flow to the injured area, break down scar tissue and to restore the normal movement, thereby speeding up the rate of recovery.
Active Release Technique® at SG Osteopaths
SG Osteopaths are proud to offer our patients the only certified full bodied Active Release Technique® practitioner in Buckinghamshire and would be more than happy to discuss your current complaint and symptoms. Please call today on 01494 870815.