ART: An effective tool for physical therapy

The advancement in medicine has led to other areas of medicine. Physical therapy has also seen many advancements. One of these advancements in physical therapy is ART (Active Release Techniques), which we will be discussing in this article.

Techniques for active release

This type of massage doesn’t involve kneading your entire organ, but instead examining the tissue for any abnormalities or damage in muscles, tendons or ligaments. Specialists can easily spot any abnormalities in this area, which have totally different textures. It involves a therapist putting your muscle in a position that reduces its length and applying pressure to the affected area. Then, you will be instructed to stretch your muscle while keeping the tension on the muscle. This is similar to a massage, but the physical therapists are more focused on smaller areas. You can apply this combination of tension and shortening and extending muscle to different areas, depending on your needs.

It stimulates blood flow and speeds up the healing of scars

This is possible for anyone.

In the 1980s, Mike Leahy, a Colorado sports chiropractor, invented this method. This method was originally used by athletes, but it is now also available to the general public. Certified chiropractors as well as physical therapists are able to use this method. Physical therapists must learn more than 500 protocols to become certified in Active Release techniques.

Treating ailments

Although ART practitioners can treat many injuries and ailments of the musculoskeletal system, there are some major conditions that they can’t treat.

  • Lower back pain
  • Sciatica (pain radiating along the pathway of the sciatic nerve, which runs from your lower back down to both legs)
  • Plantar fasciitis (pain in the heel).
  • Neck pain
  • Migraines and headaches
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome (it’s caused by pressure on the median nerve. It runs the length of the arm, and passes through a passage at the wrist. This is called carpal tunnel.
  • Tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow (inflammation on the outer or inner side elbow or arm)
  • Runner’s Knee (pain around the kneecap).
  • Shin splints (a painful inflammation of the muscle, bone or tendon of your tibia in the lower leg)
  • Shoulder pain
  • Frozen shoulder (stiffness and pain in the shoulder joint)
  • Tendinitis (it is inflammation of the tendon or pain and can happen in any tendon in your body).
  • Other sports injuries
  • Adhesions and scarring post-operatively (after the operation)
  • This procedure can also be used to treat a variety of other diseases.

Frequency of Art

Active release therapy’s frequency and duration will depend on the severity of injury, muscle condition, body tendency to heal and muscle being affected. Your physical therapist will decide the frequency of active release therapy.

The benefits of ART

You can instantly see a reduction in pain by receiving an ART massage. Although it can be very painful because your scars are removed, it is also known as GOOD PAIN. You can restore your mobility and blood circulation, as well as increase blood flow by breaking down scars.