What is Active Release Technique?
The Active Release Technique (ART) is a specialized manual therapy technique used by healthcare professionals, including chiropractors, physical therapists, and sports medicine practitioners, to address soft tissue injuries and movement restrictions.
ART focuses on identifying and treating adhesions, scar tissue, and muscle imbalances that can develop as a result of overuse, repetitive motion, or trauma. During an ART session, the practitioner uses their hands to apply specific tension and pressure to targeted areas of the body while the patient actively moves through a series of prescribed movements. This process helps to break up adhesions, release tension in the muscles, and restore proper movement patterns.
ART is commonly used to treat a variety of conditions, including tendonitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, IT band syndrome, and shoulder impingement, among others. It is often integrated into comprehensive treatment plans alongside other therapies such as stretching, strengthening exercises, and modalities like ultrasound or electrical stimulation. ART is known for its effectiveness in improving range of motion, reducing pain, and enhancing athletic performance.