ACTIVE RELEASE TECHNIQUES, also known as ART, is a manual therapy technique used by certified providers to diagnose and treat soft tissue injuries. ACTIVE RELEASE TECHNIQUES is used to “smooth out” scar tissue and break up adhesion between soft tissue structures that can limit normal joint range of motion, which can produce pain and discomfort.
The goal of Active Release Techniques is to release scar tissue or adhesions in the muscle and/or fascia (the smooth connective tissue covering of a muscle) that have accumulated over time due to injury or overuse.
The adhesions prevent normal and smooth movement of the tissues with their surrounding structures, inducing a number of problems such as chronic inflammation and hypoxia (low oxygen), pain, fluid accumulation, joint stress and nerve entrapment.
Patients treated with ART typically respond rapidly with decreased pain and increased function, flexibility and mobility.
Active Release Techniques is not just a treatment for those with injuries, pain or limited mobility. It can also be used to help prevent injuries in athletes and there is growing evidence that it can also be used to help improve performance and reduce recovery time in athletes as well.
Both professional and recreational athletes are using Active Release Techniques to maintain flexibility, range of motion and prevent injury due to repetitive stress. While any athlete can benefit from ART, it is particularly effective as part of a training routine for athletes such as runners and those athletes that typically suffer from throwing injuries, such as baseball players.
By incorporating ART into a comprehensive training regimen, athletes are finding the benefits of controlling and maintaining the wear and tear on their bodies (hips, shoulders, knees) allows them to not only perform better and longer, but also enhances the efficacy of other training modalities such as strength and stretching regimens.
The unique benefit of addressing adhesions routinely is that it forces the body to heal in a more structured and ordered way. It prevents accumulations of scarring in the tissue that overstress the joints, tendons and ligaments, greatly reducing the risk of acute injury and muscular imbalance of chronic, overuse injuries.
By increasing flexibility, athletes can push further with strength training and stretching. By improving glide between muscles and surrounding structures, ART can enhance performance by increasing strength, speed, and range of motion all while encouraging more balanced body mechanics.
Impulse Adjusting is done with the use of an electronic instrument that sends a pulse into the joint upon activation. Just as lasers have replaced scalpels in some surgeries, advanced technology has become available to chiropractors to assist in delivering chiropractic adjustments.
What does it feel like?
Impulse chiropractic adjustments feel like a light tapping sensation on the area that is being treated. In most cases the treatment is painless, and after the adjustment many patients feel relief of pain and improved mobility. Others report a sense of well-being or a soothing, calm feeling. Of course, results vary from case to case and chronic conditions, inflammation, or muscle spasm may delay these positive effects.
Is it safe?
Impulse adjusting instrument is a patented and FDA registered device that was specifically designed to deliver a gentle and precise chiropractic adjustment to the joints of the spine and extremities to relieve pain and improve function. The Impulse adjusting instrument is controlled by micro-computer circuitry housed within the device that produces a controlled force that chiropractors use to treat different areas of the body.
Years of research have gone into the development of the Impulse adjusting instrument to create gentle and specific chiropractic adjustments that are safe and effective for patients of all ages.