Active release technique refers to a manual process of manipulating tendons and other tissues as the patient actively moves the area. The thought is that the manipulation and pressure helps break up scar tissue or other damage, allowing the healthy tissue in the area to heal and regrow.
ART can be provided by a wide range of practitioners. Professionals that might provide ART treatment include physical therapists, licensed massage therapists, chiropractors and physicians. Northeast Spine and Sports Medicine provides Active Release Technique in NJ.
How Does Active Release Technique Work?
During an ART treatment session, the patient is asked to move the impacted area in a certain way. Typically, the movement is to shorten and elongate the tendon or other muscle around which pain and symptoms are centered.
While the patient completes the movements, the practitioner manipulates the area. This involves applying certain types of pressure, massaging the area or otherwise pushing into dense scar tissue that has formed as a result of an injury.
The combination of the movement and the pressure and manipulation helps to break up the scar tissue.
ART can improve range of motion and functionality while reducing pain. That’s because scar tissue can bind or restrict muscles, tendons and ligaments from healthy movement. Over time, that can lead to irritation and swelling and degeneration of the muscles because they aren’t being used appropriately. Once scar tissue is removed, the body can begin to heal and the patient can start working to rebuild strength and movement.