What is Active Release Techniques® (ART)?
Active Release Techniques is a patented, state of the art soft tissue treatment system that is designed to effectively treat injuries and conditions of the muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves.
ART is quickly becoming the 'Gold Standard' in soft tissue treatment for athletes and non-athletes alike. When combined with Chiropractic care, it can rapidly reduce pain and inflammation, improve flexibility, and provide a quick return to activity.
Who Can Benefit from Active Release Technique®?
The list is lengthy and includes professional and amateur athletes, people injured in car accidents, or in the workplace, or anyone who just enjoys working and playing hard. ART can resolve dozens of conditions quickly and often permanently, including headaches, whiplash injuries, sports injuries, neck pain, back pain, and many more.
Active Release Techniques has over 500 unique protocols, which means there is a protocol for just about every muscle in the body, and treatment can be fine-tuned based on an individual's needs. This is definitely not a one size-fits-all approach, and the results back that up.
How Do Soft Tissue Injuries Occur?
Overuse injuries of the muscles and soft tissues typically develop in 1 of 3 ways:
1. Acute injuries (pulls, tears, collisions, accidents, falls, etc.)
2. Accumulation of small tears called micro-tears (micro-trauma)
3. A decrease in the supply of oxygen or blood to the muscles and tissues (hypoxia)
Regardless of the cause, your body's response to soft tissue injury is the same: it produces tough, dense scar tissue in the injured area. As scar tissue builds up, muscles become stiff and weak, and nerves can become pinched. This can result in a loss of strength and flexibility, pain, numbness, tingling or more serious injury.
What is an Active Release Treatment Like?
Every session is a combination of examination and treatment. ART providers use their hands to evaluate the health and function of muscles and other soft tissues. Soft tissues that are injured or abnormal are treated by combining precisely directed tensio with very specific patient movements.
Active Release Techniques is incredibly versatile and can be tailored to your specific condition or injury. It works well for common overuse issues and has also proven itself to be incredibly effective with tough cases.
Do All Chiropractors use Active Release Techniques?
Currently, only a small percentage of Chiropractors have attained certification. The training is extensive, and only certified providers can practice Active Release Technique®. This ensures you can find the same consistent quality care, no matter where you travel.
Reay to Feel Better?
If stiffness, pain or injury is interfering with your life, don't ignore the warning signs. If left untreated, soft tissue injuries may develop into a more serious condition. Dr. McGahey can help you get to the source of the problem, and create a treatment plan to help eliminate your pain as quickly as possible.
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