Exploring Active Release Technique: A Solution for Your Muscle Ache

Active Release Technique: Is it For You? Downtown Toronto Chiropractor

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.

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Conditions Treated by ART

ART is versatile, offering relief for a range of conditions, including but not limited to:

  • Headaches
  • Lower, Mid, and Upper Back Pain
  • Neck Pain
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Nerve Entrapments
  • Shin Splints
  • Sciatica
  • TMJ Disorders
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Tendonitis

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.

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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.

Active Release Technique: Is it For You? Downtown Toronto Chiropractor

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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  • I am currently experiencing extreme pain in my tailbone region. This creates pain in the area where my thigh bones connect to the pelvis. When I walk, bend, stand or sit for longer than 10-15 minutes I begin to have pain that radiates down n around my thighs, which is excruciating. I see a chiropractor weekly and live in the US…LA,CA. I plan on asking him about ART and if he’s familiar with it. Thank you for giving me another avenue other than manipulation, shock therapy and heat. I have been suffering for the last few months and it is not getting any better.

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      Thanks for your question Natalie. If this chiropractor was familiar with ART he would have used it already. Also from your history it is apparent to me that your case is mildly complicated. It means typical treatments will generally not work. It’s time to see a different chiropractor.

      Hope that helps your tailbone.

Dr Ken Nakamura downtown Toronto Chiropractor
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Dr. Ken, has been recognized as the Best Toronto Chiropractor in 2024, 2023, and 2018, here in downtown Toronto. As a sports chiropractor, he excels in treating a wide range of conditions including concussions, temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ), sports-related injuries, and spinal issues. Beyond his clinical skills, Dr. Ken is an accomplished athlete, having represented Ontario in the Canadian Judo Championships and completed the Toronto Marathon on two occasions. He employs the innovative C3 Program to provide targeted and effective care to his patients, ensuring a holistic approach to their well-being and athletic performance.