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Sports injury and illness can damage muscles, joints, and connective tissue. The body makes speedy repairs to injured tissues to restore function and prevent further damage. These fast patches lead to the development of scar tissue and adhesions, which are tough bands of scar-like tissue that forms between tissues and nearby organs. Fortunately, active release treatment relieves the pain and discomfort caused by injury or illness to muscles, joints and connective tissue.
Your muscles, bones, connective tissue and other organs move around as you move because they have slippery surfaces. Adhesions cause tissues to stick together.
This special type of scar tissue can form almost anywhere in your body. Adhesions around joints often develop after surgery or trauma, with overuse of a joint or tendon, and with certain types of arthritis. Adhesions tend to become larger and tighter over time to cause increasing stiffness, pain and dysfunction.
The development of multiple tiny scars and adhesions can cause a cascade of events that, when combined, cause significant pain and dysfunction. Scars and adhesions shorten the length of affected muscles to make them weaker and reduce range of motion. Shortened muscle increases tension on tendons to cause tendonitis. Adhesions and scars can bind up, tie down and sometimes twist muscles and tissue. Nerves can become trapped and pinched, resulting in pain.
Active Release Technique, or ART, is a type of massage therapy involving movement. This approach to treatment breaks up scar and release tissue and adhesions. This releasing action allows muscles and connective tissue to function correctly without pain. Additionally, ART lengthens the repaired tissue to improve range of motion.
Chiropractic treatment featuring ART uses 500 specific moves unique to active release technique. Every session including ART combines evaluation and treatment. Your provider uses his hands to evaluate the tightness and movement capabilities of your muscles, connective tissue, nerves, and the connective tissue surrounding muscles, blood vessels and nerves known as fascia. This hands-on approach allows your ART provider to identify and correct each problem contributing to your pain and stiffness associated with impaired range of motion.
The ART provider then uses specific patient movements while applying precisely directed tension on the affected areas. You may feel some discomfort as the practitioner releases your adhesions and scar tissue.
Active release technique works on many types of body tissue, such as muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. ART treats a variety of conditions including headaches, back pain and sciatica, carpal tunnel syndrome, shin splints, shoulder pain, knee problems, tennis elbow and the common foot problem, plantar fasciitis.
Active release technique is now an important part of chiropractic treatment for injury of muscles, nerves, and connective tissue. ART is a very personalized approach to the treatment of painful and debilitating scars and adhesions that can form as the result of tissue injury. Ask your Bankers Hall chiropractor in Downtown Calgary if active release technique should be included in your chiropractic treatment plan. Call us today at (403) 243-0111.