• Active Release Technique (ART) at Our Bellevue Physical Therapy Clinic

  • Content reviewed by Dr. Adam Behm, DC, CCSP® | ART, Active Release Techniques full body certified

    Chiropractor administering Active Release Technique (ART) on patient

    Active Release Technique (ART) helps to keep special protein structures called connective tissues healthy. When the connective tissues are healthy, muscles, nerves, blood vessels, and organs work properly. When your connective tissues are not healthy, Active Release Technique (ART) helps to treat the soft tissue in your body through movement and various soft tissue techniques, which help to break down adhesions. Adhesions are scar tissue that have built up over time and caused stiffness and pain. If adhesions attach to the muscles or nerves, it creates unhealthy connective tissue, which decreases the functionality of the tissue. Active Release Technique (ART) helps to release the adhesions so that the connective tissue is truly healthy and working properly.

    If you have issues with your muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia, or nerves, Active Release Technique might be the perfect chiropractic service for you. Active Release Technique helps patients who experience constant headaches, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, shin splints, shoulder pain, sciatica, plantar fasciitis, knee problems, and tennis elbow. By carefully moving and manipulating the soft tissue in your muscles, patients will feel relief from their pain and stiffness. Feel free to learn more about Active Release Technique below or contact us today to schedule an appointment with our professional chiropractor in the Omaha, NE, area.

    Active Release Technique Prevents Further Injuries

    Active Release Technique can help individuals to prevent further injuries to their muscles. If there continues to be a build-up of scar tissue, there is the potential of a serious injury. Overuse injuries could include acute conditions, accumulation of small tears, and not getting enough oxygen to the tissues.

    Injuries Caused by Overuse

    • Acute conditions include injuries that consist of a pull, tear or collision.
    • Microtrauma is the accumulation of small tears that causes microtearing of muscle fibers.
    • Hypoxia means you are not getting enough oxygen to tissues, which can affect your whole body or a region of your body.

    If you are proactive about utilizing our chiropractic service, Active Release Technique, you will significantly decrease the likelihood of experiencing an injury due to overuse. If you are interested in preventing future injuries and treating your soft tissue pain, please contact our professional chiropractor in Bellevue, NE, today.

    What to Expect at an Active Release Technique (ART) Treatment

    An Active Release Technique (ART) treatment is a combination of examination and soft tissue treatment. Our Active Release Technique Chiropractor will use his hands to evaluate the texture, tightness, and movement of muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments, and nerves. After the initial evaluation, our Active Release Technique Chiropractor will manipulate and massage the specific area of pain or stiffness, which will help to breakdown the adhesions. After the adhesions are broke down, proper blood flow will help to restore and heal the specific area. If you are interested in learning more about what to expect at your personalized Active Release Technique treatment at Behm Muscle & Joint Clinic, please contact our professional chiropractor today.

    FAQs About Active Release Technique (ART)

    What’s the difference between Active Release Technique (ART) and a massage?

    Active Release Technique (ART) and a massage may seem similar, but they are different from each other in many ways. The main difference is that a massage increases relaxation and circulation, while the Active Release Technique (ART) releases adhesions and scar tissue so that the connective tissue can function properly.

    At Behm Muscle & Joint Clinic, we do not use the technique of “chasing the pain” when performing the Active Release Technique, as a massage does. Instead, we understand where the pain manifests itself, but we also track down the root cause (which likely is elsewhere!) and actively release adhesions and scar tissue through a soft tissue movement technique. By avoiding the “chasing the pain” mentality, you will notice lasting results of relief from your pain and stiffness instead of simply treating the symptom.

    Does stretching get rid of adhesions?

    It is critical to stretch before and after any type of physical activity to help prevent injuries, but stretching cannot get rid of adhesions. Instead, stretching can cause healthy connective tissue to stretch, while the adhesions still are attached. In some cases, stretching can actually cause healthy connective tissue to become damaged and have increased adhesions. That being said, it is still important to stretch, but the act of stretching will never remove an adhesion from your connective tissue.

    Our 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.  Please do not hesitate, call us at 402-292-1450 or schedule a consultation online to see how we can help treat your pain through the Active Release Technique.