According to Active Release Techniques (ART), ART is a state of the art soft tissue system/movement based massage technique that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. Headaches, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, shin splints, shoulder pain, sciatica, plantar fasciitis, knee problems, and tennis elbow are just a few of the many conditions that can be resolved quickly and permanently with Active Release. These conditions all have one important thing in common: they are often a result of overused muscles.
Overuse injuries occur a variety of ways:
acute conditions (pulls, tears, collisions)
accumulation of small tears (micro-trauma)
not getting enough oxygen to tissues (hypoxia)
These injuries build up scar tissue (adhesions) and can cause muscles to adhere to surrounding muscles, fascia, nerves etc. causing dysfunction and pain.
An ART session is a combination of examination and treatment. The ART provider uses his or her hands to evaluate the texture, tightness and movement of muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments and nerves. Abnormal tissues are treated by combining precisely directed tension with very specific patient movements.
What’s the Difference Between Active Release Technique (ART) and Massage?
They may look and sound similar, but the procedures are actually very different and the results they produce are very different. There are many styles of massage and generally massage promotes relaxation and increased circulation. Neuromuscular and Myofascial Release Massage gets more specific but it does not fix the soft tissue and make it work properly. ART is protocol specific for the correction of adhesions & scar tissues. Anyone who has had ART can tell you, it’s NOT massage! Does ART help pain referral from trigger points? Yes, trigger points are tender spots in muscles that cause you to feel referred pain. For example, a trigger point in your piriformis muscle, a deep muscle in your glutes, will tell your brain that there is a problem in your glute that runs down the back of your leg into your foot. “Where it hurts isn’t where it is!” By correcting the muscle function, the trigger point goes away and so does the pain referral. For this reason we are sometimes asked why we are working on an area that normally doesn’t hurt. Working on just pain specific areas is what we call “Chasing Pain.” This is something we do not do and for this reason you get results.
What Does Active Release Do?
Our bodies contain special protein structures called connective tissue, also know as Fascia. This substance connects each part to other parts and the whole. When this tissue is healthy it allows the muscles, nerves, blood vessels or organs to move freely and function properly. Imagine a piece of scotch tape, the smooth side is healthy fascia; the sticky side is scar tissue or unhealthy fascia. Rub the tape along your skin, both sides, to “feel” what an adhesion is like. The drag that you feel, the “pulling” sensation, is what an adhesion is like. These adhesions attach to muscles, nerves and lymph decreasing their ability to work properly. You really know when you have an adhesion on a nerve; you get many abnormal sensations like numbness, tingling or pain.
Does Stretching Get Rid of Adhesions?
Stretching plays a very important role in the treatment and prevention of injuries but it will not break down adhesions. Adhesions, or scar tissue, are much stronger than normal healthy tissue. Muscle groups can often adhere/bind to one another preventing the normal sliding necessary for full mobility. When an individual performs a stretch, the tissue that lengthens is not the adhered tissue but the healthy tissue. This can actually cause more damage to healthy tissue resulting in the increase of adhesions. Stretching correctly is still essential, but it will never release the restrictions that are already present.
Active Release Technique (ART) Chiropractor in Omaha, NE
Dr. Behm is the only full body Active Release Technique (ART) certified provider in the Bellevue, NE area and has successfully treated many conditions using this gold standard soft tissue technique. Do not hesitate, call us at 402-292-1450 or schedule a consultation online to see how we can help treat your pain with Active Release.