When used to reduce inflammation in your muscles, tendons and ligaments, Active Release Technique (ART) can also help you avoid many of the often serious underlying problems of anti-inflammatory drugs.
Anti-inflammatories are used to reduce the pain and discomfort caused by inflammation, while also allowing for easier muscle movement.
Unfortunately, there are a number of health and side-effect issues associated with ongoing use of anti-inflammatories and more are being found regularly. Among them, anti-inflammatories have been shown to cause weight gain, kidney damage and cardiovascular problems.
As a “hands-on”, non-invasive soft-tissue therapy, administered by certified Active Release Technique practitioners, using ART to treat inflammation results in none of the underlying problems of anti-inflammatories.
ART returns muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia to their proper texture motion, function and strength. This causes trapped nerves and blood vessels to be released, which restores their normal function also. In addition to a higher range of muscle and joint motion, ART also improves blood and lymphatic circulation, and reduces inflammation.
Dr. P. Michael Leahy started to develop ART in 1995 after noticing that many of the symptoms his chiropractic patients exhibited related to changes in their soft tissue. Changes that Dr. Leahy could feel by hand. Once he made the discovery, he observed how his patients’ muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments and nerves responded to a variety of soft tissue manipulation. ART has been shown to correct over 90% of the soft tissue problems it is used to treat.
ART is most commonly used to treat the scar tissue and adhesions that can result from overused or damaged muscles. Scar tissue forms for a number of reasons, including as a result of injury or trauma, and as the result of repetitive strain activities, like ongoing keyboard use on a computer.
The scar tissue forms because each of these situations causes muscles to tighten. In turn, the tightening causes some inflammation, which deprives the muscle of the oxygen it needs to function properly. This condition is called hypoxia and it’s what causes the scar tissue to form. The scar tissue adheres to the muscle. When it does, it interrupts the muscle’s regular motion patterns, reduces flexibility in the muscles, joints and nervous tissue around them, which can also restrict the nerves themselves, which can cause severe pain.
ART removes scar tissue adhesions and all the problems they cause. ART practitioners are trained to locate adhesions and manipulate them in a way that eliminates them.