What is Active Release Therapy?

Active Release Therapy is a dynamic and hands-on approach to treating soft tissue conditions and injuries.

Unlike traditional massage therapy, ART involves specific movements and tension-release techniques designed to target adhesions and restrictions in the muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia, and nerves.

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1. Assessment

The session typically begins with a thorough assessment. The certified ART practitioner will talk to you about your medical history, current concerns, and any specific areas of pain or discomfort. They may also perform physical assessments to identify the source of the issue.

2. Hands-On Treatment

Once the assessment is complete, the practitioner will use their hands to locate and palpate the affected areas. The touch is precise and often involves applying tension to the soft tissues. This is where ART diverges from a traditional massage.

3. Active Movement

During the treatment, you may be asked to actively move certain muscles or body parts while the practitioner applies pressure or tension. This combination of movement and targeted pressure helps to break down adhesions and scar tissue that may be limiting your range of motion and causing pain.

4. Specific Protocols

ART practitioners are trained to use specific protocols for various conditions. These protocols involve a series of precise movements and pressure applications, resembling a form of therapeutic choreography. Each protocol is tailored to the unique needs of the individual and their specific condition.

5. Communication

Throughout the session, communication between you and the practitioner is crucial. You'll be asked to provide feedback on the level of pressure, any discomfort, or changes in sensations. This ensures that the treatment is both effective and comfortable for you.

6. Pain Relief and Improved Function

The goal of ART is to alleviate pain, restore normal tissue function, and improve flexibility. By breaking down adhesions and scar tissue, the therapy helps to enhance the overall health of the soft tissues, promoting optimal movement and function.

7. Post-Treatment Guidance

After the session, the practitioner may provide you with exercises or stretches to complement the treatment. This empowers you to actively participate in your recovery and maintain the benefits of the therapy between sessions.

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