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Active Release Technique

Active Release Therapy in Physiotherapy

Active release therapy (ART) is a type of muscle release therapy that is often used to treat soft tissue injuries. It is a hands-on method that uses pressure and movement to release tissue restrictions. ART is often used to treat muscles, tendons, and nerve problems.

It is an essential tool for the rehabilitation and recovery of dense scar tissue, soft tissue disorders, and joint and muscle problems. It works wonderfully with exercise therapy and speeds up recovery.

Benefits of ART/Significance of ART

ART can be used to treat a variety of soft tissue injuries. The massage therapists use their hands to apply pressure and stretch the affected area. This helps to break up adhesions, or scar tissue build-up, that can build up in the muscles and cause pain.

The benefits of ART include:

  • Reduced pain
  • Improved range of motion
  • Increased flexibility
  • Quicker recovery from injury
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Conditions That Benefit from Active Release Technique (ART)

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Active release techniques can be an effective treatment for a number of conditions, including:

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Tennis elbow
  • Golfer’s elbow
  • Shin splints
  • Piriformis syndrome
  • Sciatica
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Fibromyalgia 
  • Myofascial pain syndrome
  • Muscle-Tendon injuries 
  • Repetitive strain injuries
  • Chronic pain
  • Tendinitis 
  • Acute Trauma
  • Rotator Cuff Tendonitis
  • SI joint pain
  • Sports injuries

How does it work?

The therapists will use their hands to apply pressure and stretch the affected area during an ART session. The therapist will also assess the range of motion of the joints and major muscle groups. This helps to identify any areas of restrictions.

The therapist will then work to release the tissue restrictions through a combination of pressure and movement. They will use the technique of deep tissue massage to treat the condition.

How effective is ART?

Several studies have shown that ART effectively treats various conditions, including carpal tunnel syndrome, tennis elbow, and shin splints.

ART has also been shown to reduce pain and improve the range of motion in the shoulders, neck, and lower back.

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Side Effects of ART
Active Release Therapy Side Effects

There are some potential side effects of ART, including:

  • Bruising
  • Skin irritation
  • Muscle soreness

However, these side effects are rare and typically resolve on their own within a few days. Additionally, most people report feeling little to no pain during or after an ART session.

Our physiotherapists and chiropractors will use ART in conjunction with other treatments such as Laser therapy or IFC and heat to minimize these side effects.

IS ART Suitable for all people?

No, ART is not suitable for everyone. People with the following conditions should not receive ART.

  • People with active infections
  • People with open wounds
  • People with bleeding disorders
  • People on blood thinners

ART is generally considered safe for most people. However, it is essential to consult with a certified physiotherapist before beginning any new treatment. This is especially important if you have a medical condition or are pregnant.

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Physiotherapy or Chiropractor- Who Performs ART?

Both physiotherapists and chiropractors are trained to perform ART. However, it is important to consult with a certified therapist to ensure that you receive the best possible care.

Always ask your physiotherapist or chiropractor about the risks and benefits of ART for you. 

How often do I need to come?

The number of treatments will vary depending on the condition being treated. In general, most people will need 3-5 treatments to see results. However, some situations may require more or fewer treatments.

What should I expect during my first visit?

During your first visit, your practitioner will take a medical history and perform a physical examination. They will then develop a physical therapy treatment plan that is specifically tailored to your needs.

You can book an appointment with us to see this yourself. And for any query contact us.

Faqs

The cost of ART will vary depending on the practitioner and the location. In general, treatments range from $50-$200 per session. Most insurance plans will cover the cost of ART, although some may require a co-payment or deductible.

A number of studies have shown that ART is an effective treatment for various conditions, including Golfer’s elbow, tennis elbow, shin splints, etc. ART has also been shown to be effective in reducing pain and improving range of motion in the shoulders, neck, and lower back.

No, ART is not painful. Most people report feeling little to no pain during or after an ART session. There are some potential side effects of ART, including bruising, skin irritation, etc. However, these side effects are very rare .

Sessions typically last 30-60 minutes. However, the length of the session will depend on the practitioner and the condition being treated.

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