Active Release Technique

Plantation, Fort Lauderdale, Port St. Lucie

Active release technique (ART) is a specially designed soft tissue management system that is used to treat problems affecting muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. Conditions that are most commonly treated using active release technique are in one way related to adhesion or scar tissue in overused muscles. Studies that have been carried out so far show that, continued build up of adhesion on muscles causes the muscles to become shorter and weaker which alters muscle and joint movements. This alteration results to a decreased blood supply, pain and poor mobility on body tissues.

Active release technique mainly focuses on restoring smooth movement of tissues as well as releasing any entrapped nerves or blood vessels. There are some specific conditions that can be treated using this technique and they include headaches, back pain, sciatica, plantar fasciitis, tendonitis, arthritis and any other form of inflammation affecting soft tissues surrounding the joints. Many residents in the South Florida areas of Plantation, Ft. Lauderdale, Sunrise and Port St. Lucie have experienced much relief from the methods used in active release technique therapy.

How Does the Active Release Technique Treatment Work?

The treatment procedure involves a physical examination procedure and the actual treatment of the underlying problem. The person carrying out the ART procedure uses his/her hands to carry out an examination on the texture, tightness and mobility of the soft tissues. With the help of a hand, the practitioner is able to remove or break any fibrous adhesion. The subject under treatment is put under stretching motions directed towards venous and lymphatic flow.

Active release technique involves a number of levels with the first three levels involving tissue movements that are influenced by the practitioner. The fourth level requires the patient to do the tissue movement in a prescribed manner while the practitioner is applying pressure on the affected tissue. The active participation of the patient in the ART procedure has shown to be very effective in treating soft tissue defects.

The treatment procedure has more than 500 unique moves that require the practitioner to choose the most appropriate move depending on the patient’s condition. The treatment procedure does not take a lot of time to perform and it may take 8-15 minutes on every affected area. Full recovery may require the patient to visit the practitioner two to ten times depending on the severity of the condition.

The Active Release Technique (ART) Procedure is Highly Successful

The use of Active Release Technique (ART) procedure has shown a 90% plus success rate on patients who have been treated using this technique. This has made it to be the most sought after soft tissue therapy more so by athletes who are the most affected people by soft tissue injuries. This technique gives athletes a chance to recover quickly from injuries and resume back to their train schedules.

During the treatment procedure, the patient may experience some discomforts particularly when the scar tissue or adhesion are breaking up. The discomfort does not persist for long but it ends once the treatment procedure is done. Any pain that is experienced during the treatment procedure is an indication that the location of the defect has been identified and the practitioner can concentrate on that region.

The use of ART procedures has not yet shown any major contraindication but its use on the treatment of blunt trauma and active inflammation has been discouraged since it has not produced much significant results to date.

We encourage you to call our office today at (954) 452-4600 and see how the Active Release Technique can help you become pain free.

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