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Although ART and massage therapy work extremely well together as adjunctive therapies, massage therapy often does not effectively deal with muscular adhesions and scar tissue. Deep tissue massage uses a stripping motion or deep pressure to try to smash the adhesion which can be very painful. ART uses a lighter pressure combined with active lengthening of involved muscles to develop greater tension into the adhesions or scar tissue. This creates increased friction to break up adhesions, which in turn is much less painful and has longer lasting results.
ART has over 500 specific techniques to treat muscle, ligament and tendon injuries as well as nerve entrapments throughout the body. A partial list of conditions that have been successfully treated with ART are list below:
Who can benefit from ART ?
Most soft tissue techniques do not follow the entire length of the soft tissue structure, nor do they identify restrictions at different depths and levels of the tissue. ART aims to return complete motion and function to the full length of the affected soft tissue and its nearby structures. This means complete freedom of motion for the entire restricted structure in relationship to all adjacent structures
What common conditions does ART treat ?
Only a provider experienced and trained ART can determine if you might benefit from this treatment. Many cases seen by ART providers are patients who have been treated by other healthcare providers.
ART is non-invasive, very safe, and virtually no side effects . It comes with a record of very good results. In the beginning, treatments can be uncomfortable during the movement phases (depending on the severity of the condition and the patient's pain tolerance). The discomfort is temporary and subsides almost immediately after the treatment. It is common to feel a duplication of your symptoms during the treatment which is a good indication that the problem has been identified.
Active Release Techniques
In most cases, patients experience positive results after the first treatment. This may be an increased range of motion, less pain, increased muscle strength. or decreased numbness and tingling. On average, it takes 3-5 treatments to help resolve an issue.
What is treatment like and is it painful ?
What separates Active Release Techniques from other Therapies
ART originally built its reputation on success with elite triathlon athletes. From there its reputation spread throughout the sporting world, as elite athletes from a variety of sports traveled great distances to be treated by a few ART providers. As a larger network of ART providers has developed, reports of ART's effectiveness has spread to the workplace, to help deal with many different soft tissue injuries. Though anyone can develop soft tissue injuries from trauma, stress, or overuse of muscles, the following individuals are especially likely to develop these problems and experience results with ART treatment:
Since ART has no contraindications, it can be applied to patients of all ages as well as pre and post surgical patients and pregnant women.
Scar tissue adhesions are very resilient. It is incredibly difficult to break up scar tissue by "smashing" it, which is comparable to breaking up a piece of bubble gum by repeatedly stepping on it. It is just too elastic, resilient and sticky. Only by generating high amounts of tension rather than just pressure can the adhesion be effectively and permanently removed.
Plan on a hour for your initial visit including consultation, history, examination and x-rays if indicated. Subsequent ART treatments usually take 5 to 20 minutes depending on the condition.
How long do the treatments take?
How soon can I expect results ?
Can I benefit from ART even if I'm being evaluated and treated by other doctors and specialists ?
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