With the development in other fields of medicine. Several advancements were also observed in the field of physical therapy. One of the evolutions of physical therapy is ART (Active release techniques) which we are gonna know about in this article
Active release techniques
In this type of massage, a therapist doesn’t knead your whole affected organ but looks for abnormal or damaged tissue in muscles, tendons, ligaments, or fascia. Any abnormalities here have completely different textures and can be spotted easily by a specialist. In it, the therapist puts your muscle in a position so that it is shortened and pressure is applied on the defective area and you are instructed to extend your muscle with that tension still on the muscle. It’s just like a massage but in this physical therapists focus on small areas. This combination of tension and extending and shortening muscle can be applied to different areas depending on need. learn more
It promotes blood flow and fasts repairing of scars
Who can perform this?
This method was first invented by a Colorado sports chiropractor Mike Leahy inn1980s. It was used for athletes at first but now this method is also used on the common man nowadays both certified chiropractors and physical therapists can perform this. To be certified in Active Release techniques a physical therapist needs to learn over 500 specific protocols
Restore your function.
An ART practitioner can treat many injuries or ailments related to the musculoskeletal system but some of the major conditions are
- Lower back pain
- Sciatica(pain that radiates along the path of the sciatic nerve which pathway is from your lower back to both legs)
- Plantar fasciitis(pain in the heel)
- Neck pain
- Headaches and migraines
- Carpal tunnel syndrome(it is due to pressure on the median nerve. It extends the entire length of the arm and pass through a passage in the wrist name as carpal tunnel)
- Tennis or golfer’s elbow( inflammation on outer side or inner side of elbow or arm)
- Runner’s knee(pain around the kneecap)
- Shin splints( a painful inflammation around the muscle, bone, or tendon of the tibia in the leg)
- Shoulder pain
- Frozen shoulder( stiffness and pain in shoulder joint)
- Tendinitis( it is inflammation or pain of tendon and can occur in any tendon in your body)
- Other sports injuries
- Post-operative scarring and adhesions(after the operation ailments)
- And several other diseases can be improved using this procedure.
Frequency of ART
The frequency and time of active release therapy depend on the muscle affected, body tendency to heal, and degree of injury. The frequency of Active release therapy is decided by your physical therapists
Benefits of ART
By receiving an ART massage you can see a visible reduction in pain instantly. It is a very painful procedure because in it your scars are broken down but it is referred to as GOOD PAIN. It can increase blood circulation by breaking scars and your range of motion can be restored.
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