Active Release Technique (ART)

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Active Release Technique (ART)

Dr. Daniel Danieley is fully-trained and certified in the Active Release Technique. We focus on providing individualized and personal care that provides longer-lasting results in a shorter amount of time.

Those with soft tissue conditions such as chronic and sciatica pain, fibromyalgia, sports injuries, plantar fasciitis, frozen shoulders and even concussion injuries can benefit from Active Release Therapy as it can show vast improvements within the first session.

How Does Active Release Technique Work?

Active Release Technique, abbreviated as ART, is a soft tissue massage technique that treatments problems related to overused muscles resulting from injury or chronic pain. This technique focuses on relieving tissue tension through the removal of fibrosis adhesions (muscle knots) that develop from repetitive use. It’s known to be effective against muscle and nerve dysfunction, and this technique can be adapted to any extremity, spine area, and nerve area.

In comparison to other treatments, ART treatment involves movement-based techniques. During an ART session, the patient actively moves the affected muscles, ligaments, and structures while our therapists maintain contact with the direct area. Maintaining this contact allows our therapists to feel the structure as it moves and effectively treats restricted areas to relieve pain.

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The Benefits of the Active Release Technique

Because ART treatments are non-invasive, there are no short or long-term side effects when delivered by our ART-certified therapists. Active release technique can help in the following ways:

  • Help Prevent Injuries: When scar tissue develops, the muscles start to shorten and tighten, becoming more susceptible to injuries. Relaxing and stretching out the muscles through ART Therapy reduces the possibility of strains, pulls, tears, and recurring injuries.
  • Enhance Athletic Performance: Young athletes can benefit from ART as it helps restore normal function to the connective tissues and muscles. Some studies in ART treatment show that it’s even able to help improve athlete performance.
  • Treat Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: ART can be an effective treatment for managing carpal tunnel syndrome, as it can help improve muscle and joint mobility in the hands and improve overall function.
  • Reduce Chronic Back Pain: Scar tissue and nerve compression from conditions such as major injuries, back pain, and sciatica pain can be improved through ART therapy, as it helps free compressed nerves throughout the upper legs, shoulders, and spinal areas.
  • Improve Body Flexibility and Range of Motion: During injuries, range of motion and muscle flexibility is often impacted, creating tighter, shorter muscle movements as a result of scar tissue and injury. ART can treat areas that require flexibility, such as the neck, arms, and legs, to free up the normal range of motion and flexibility.
  • Reduce Muscle Inflammation: Through this technique encourage the delivery of joint fluids throughout the body and stimulate the lymphatic system to lower inflammation levels.

Through ART, patients can resolve the majority of their pain without having to rely on medications and prescription painkillers. Patients can heal and recover effectively and quickly through natural, safe techniques. For more information about ART treatment, contact Kinetic Spine & Sports today for more information.