What is Active Release Technique and How Does It Work?

One of the most effective ways to treat soft tissues to reduce pain and other issues is Active Release Technique, ART. The basic areas where Active Release Technique can be applied are muscles, nerves, tendon, fascia and ligaments.

This technique helps reduce excess adhesion between fibers in order to restore proper movements between fascia and muscles. Consistent and regular application of this technique can fully restore the muscles and fascia’s functions.

ART can treat strains resulted due to any issue which may include acute, chronic, repetitive stress and muscular hyperactivity problems.

In What Symptoms is the ART Helpful?

The problems that can be treated permanently by Active Release Technique include back pain, headache, shin splints, carpal tunnel syndrome, sciatica, knee pains, plantar null, shoulder pain and elbow pain. Nearly all these issues are resulted usually due to overuse of muscles.


How is ART more effective than other conventional soft tissues problems?

Active Release Technique mainly involves stimulation in scar tissue by using the patient’s movements. This technique is usually applied in different sessions. Every session involves treatment after a little examining, which is done to measure the level of soft tissue damage. The main purpose of this muscular treatment is to kick start the process of recovery of injured tissues without letting excess production of scar tissues. Application of Active Release Technique can be done using 500 different procedures. Application of any procedure or protocol depends upon its requirement in specific cases.


Scar Tissue

The scar tissue is generated as a result of injury to tissues. Its main job is to connect the injured tissues in a gluing-like manner. Although, it is the natural process which is essential to treat wounds at tissue level, it becomes problematic when scar tissues are generated in excess amount which binds the other normal structures, causing a deadlock in the working of those structures. Moreover, excess of adhesion caused by scar tissues may result in pinching or pulling of the nerves running through those areas. It doesn’t only result in extreme pain but it can also disable the movement of muscles in effected area.


How Scar Tissue Production Is Linked With Stress

Body tissues become tensed when the body undergoes any kind of stress. If physical stress is due to chronic problems, it might cause restriction in the blood flow. As a result, excess adhesive scar tissues are produced.


It is also worth knowing here that repetitive type of stress might also be the major reason for excessive scar tissue production. Repetitive stress basically involves actions which require correction so that complications could be avoided and even cured. These actions include bad sitting posture, uncomfortable working position, too much physical workout, and too less physical activity.