Active release technique (or ART for short) is a type of deep tissue massage that involves releasing soft tissues. This technique is a patented soft tissue system massage technique that is known to treat problems in the nerves, ligaments, tendons, and the muscles. Some of the pains and injuries that can be resolved by active release technique include tennis elbow, knee problems, shoulder pain, shin splints, carpal tunnel syndrome, back pain, and even headaches.
Pains and injuries are usually caused by the overuse of muscles. They can be due to micro-trauma or the accumulation of tears, hypoxia (wherein your body is not getting the right amount of oxygen), and acute conditions like collisions, tears, and pulls. The build-up of scar tissue can make your muscles weaker and shorter. It can also cause your nerves to become trapped, leading to tendon tension leads to tendonitis. You might experience weakness, numbness, tingling, pain, loss of strength, and even a reduced range of motion.
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Active release technique combines treatment and examination. The therapist will use his or her palms and fingers to evaluate everything from the movement of your muscles to your nerves. Once the abnormal tissues are tracked down, direct tension will be applied on them. This is one of the best things about ART-each patient will first be assessed before individual treatments can be done. More than 500 ART movements are used to treat patients.
In a regular massage, the therapists only do what they are taught-massage the foot, the arms, the back, the legs, the hands, and the head. You can ask them to pay close attention to the problematic area, and they may be able to relieve your pain for some time. But a regular massage does not actually give you a “cure” or “solution.” With active release technique, long-term relief is the goal. Therapists will find the root of your problem and focus on that.
You need specialised treatment for your injuries and pains if you want to get better. If you are recovering from an accident or illness, visit a proper rehabilitation clinic where active release technique is offered by professionals. Always ask about the staff. They should be well-trained and experienced when it comes to the art of active release technique.