Exploring Active Release Technique: A Solution for Your Muscle Ache
Considering Active Release Technique for Pain Relief?
Active Release Technique (ART) has gained popularity not just among athletes but also for treating non-athletic injuries. Known for its effectiveness in relieving tight muscles and knots, ART, also referred to as Myofascial Release Technique offers a unique approach to pain relief.
How Does Active Release Technique Work?
ART stands out because it involves active participation from you, the patient. This method combines precise pressure with specific movements to target muscle adhesions and fibrosis, which are often the result of repetitive use. These adhesions can cause muscles to shorten, weaken, and even affect joint movements and nerves.
Conditions Treated by ART
ART is versatile, offering relief for a range of conditions, including but not limited to:
- Lower, Mid, and Upper Back Pain
- Neck Pain
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Nerve Entrapments
- Shin Splints
- TMJ Disorders
- Plantar Fasciitis
What to Expect During an ART Session
During an ART session, your chiropractor will apply pressure to specific points on the affected muscle. As they maintain pressure, you’ll be guided through the muscle’s main movements. For example, if treating the biceps, you’ll flex and extend your arm under their guidance, eventually performing these movements independently.
The Effectiveness of ART
ART is a proprietary technique, and with research confirming its efficacy, many practitioners, including myself, witness its benefits firsthand. Patients often experience significant improvement in muscle tension and mobility post-treatment.
ART: Another Tool for Comprehensive Care
It’s important to note that ART, while effective, is part of a broader range of treatments available for muscle and joint pain. As a Downtown Toronto Chiropractor, I integrate ART with trigger point techniques, acupuncture, manipulation, mobilization, laser, and Shockwave therapy, among others. This holistic approach ensures that we find the most effective treatment plan for your specific needs.
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