Active Release Techniques®,
Active Release Techniques®, or ART, is a patented, soft tissue system that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. Active Release Techniques® soft tissue management system is a patented, manual soft tissue system using the examiners hands to apply the technique. It treats problems in all soft tissues which include muscles, tendons, ligaments, joint capsules and nerves. It has become one of most sought after soft-tissue treatments in the world today. ART is often your best bet in resolving a chronic soft tissue injury and scar tisssue/adhesions. It is also one of the most effective forms of treatment for wide variety of repetitive-motion injuries. ART is widely used by injured workers suffering from cumulative injury traumas, as well as athletes (both professional and week-end warriors) who have suffered from a sports-related injury. For example, ART has helped Olympic athletes from many countries and Truckee have achieve gold medals. The power of Active Release Techniques lies in its ability to effectively resolve chronic injuries that have not responded to other forms of therapy. If you have a soft tissue injury, your best bet for a complete resolution is to use a combination of Active Release Techniques with a solid program of rehabilitative exercises.
What does an ART treatment feel like?
ART is not a magic medical bullet or a cure-all. Active Release Techniques is non invasive, very safe, has virtually no side effects, and has a record of producing very good results. Treatments can feel uncomfortable during the movement phases as the scar tissue or adhesions "break up". This discomfort is temporary and subsides almost immediately after the treatment. It is common to feel a duplication of your pain symptoms during the treatment (a good indication that the problem has been identified). Patients report that "It is a good hurt ". Every ART session revolves around the application of specific protocols which are a combination of examination and treatment. These treatment protocols - over 500 specific moves - are unique to ART. They allow providers using our hands to identify and evaluate texture tightness and movement of the muscles, ligaments tendons and nerves and correct the specific problems that are affecting each individual patient.
Who Practices ART?
There are many health care practitioners; chiropractors, physical therapists, massage therapists that think that they are doing ART, I used to be one of them. I had taken a seminar where there was an introduction to ART and then had read some articles and a chapter in a book and I thought I was doing ART, I was not. I had to take the ART training to realize that you have to do the training to really do ART. The Things that I learned were: 1. Anatomy, anatomy, anatomy, Even though my chiropractic education had 1000 hours of anatomy, I needed to learn much more to practice ART. 2. The increased level of tactile sense, essential what I can feel and visualized has increased substantially. 3. It is a system of diagnosis and treatment. 4. Continuing education in biomechanical education and application is available. 5. You actually get patients referred to you. 6. The athletic feel different and respond much quicker then the general population
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