Benefits of Active Release Techniques
Active Release Techniques (ART), is a patented, soft-tissue treatment system that treats problems associated with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia, and nerves. This non-invasive hands-on technique can simultaneously locate and break-up scar tissues, vastly improving overuse and strain/sprain injuries. By breaking and releasing restrictive adhesions, ART can restore mobility, increasing circulatory functions, and increase neurological function.
How Effective is ART?
ART does not treat fractures, infections, autoimmune conditions. However research has shown that ART produces remarkable results when treating a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions. At Kinetic Health, we believe that no matter how good any particular technique is, the prescribed treatment must be combined with lifestyle management. In addition to any ART treatments, it is important to understand that injured tissue does not properly remodel without exercise. Therefore, at our clinic, after a detailed assessment, our doctors created an individualized exercise plan that supports any treatment and works to restore function throughout the kinetic chain of the body.
ART Can Be Combined with Other Techniques
Often, the best results are achieved by combining modalities. Often, ART treatments that are supported by regularly performed prescribed exercises will produce the desire results. However, frequently, it is a combination of ART and other treatment techniques that produces optimal results. Here are a few examples.
ART Combined with Graston Technique
Graston Technique (GT), very effectively, causes tendons (a type of soft-tissue) to strengthen after treatment. Much like breaking a bone, when soft-tissue is injured, the area of injury \ usually becomes weaker and more susceptible to re-injury. With tendon injuries, GT can be used to re-initiate the healing response (bringing real morphologic changes) that strengthens the soft-tissue, and reducing the chance of a repeated injury.
ART combined with Acupuncture
Acupuncture reduces neurogenic pain, stops muscle spasmas, and balances energy meridians and is therefore effective when treating acute cases of soft-tissue injuries. It is often combined with ART in order to break up the pain cycle in patients with soft-tissue injuries.
ART combined with Manipulation
Manipulation of joints is essential to fully treat soft-tissue injuries, since many soft-tissue injuries often go hand in hand with joint injuries. The joint manipulation is the most effective means of breaking up or releasing a joint restriction.