stands for Active Release Technique®
. It is a new and highly successful hands-on treatment method to address problems in the soft tissue of the body, including the muscles, ligaments, fascia, and nerves. ART®
treatment is highly successful in dealing with running injuries because it is specifically designed to locate and treat scar-tissue adhesions that accumulate in the muscles and surrounding soft tissue. Locating and treating the soft-tissue adhesions with ART®
allows the practitioner to:
- Break up restrictive adhesions
- Reinstate normal tissue flexibility and movement
- More completely restore flexibility, balance, and stability to the injured area and to the entire kinetic chain
You can think of an ART® treatment as a type of active massage. The practitioner first shortens the muscle, tendon, or ligament, and then applies very specific pressure with the hands as the patient actively stretches and lengthens the tissue. As the tissue lengthens the practitioner is able to assess the texture and tension of the muscle to determine if the tissue is healthy or contains scar tissue that needs further treatment. When scar tissue adhesions are felt, the amount and direction of tension can be modified to treat the problem area. In this sense, each treatment is also an assessment of the health of the area, as we are able to feel specifically where the problem is occurring. An additional benefit of ART® is that it allows us to further assess and correct problems not only at the site itself, but also in other areas of the kinetic chain, which are associated with movement compensations and are often contributing factors to the problem. This ensures that all the soft tissue that is dysfunctional and is contributing to the injury is addressed, even if pain has not developed. One of the best things about ART® is how quickly it provides results. In our experience, the majority of running injuries respond very well to ART® treatment, especially when combined with the appropriate stretching and strengthening exercises. Although each case is unique and several factors determine the length of time required to fully resolve each condition, we usually find that significant improvement can be gained in four to six treatments. The results are the reason many elite athletes and professional sports teams have ART® practitioners on staff, and why ART® is an integral part of the Ironman triathlon series.
To book an appointment to see if ART® can help with your running injury, call our office at (248) 477- 2100.