Repeated injuries, post-operative complications and overuse of muscles can cause hampered or limited mobility. Scar tissues tend to develop when muscles heal from injury or surgery. These tissues bind the supporting muscles and other tissues. Hence, inhibition of movements happen.
When a person experiences difficulty of movement, he is unable to do the things he used to do with so much ease. This can make him dependent upon the care or help from people around him. Moreover, this can diminish the quality of his life.
The good news is this condition can be treated by a massage technique called Active Release Technique. This is used by therapists to alter the soft tissues in the body. Therapists physically manipulate the target area to heal it. Problematic muscles are not the only ones healed through this process. Torn ligaments, nerves, tendons and fascia also benefit from it.
Other conditions that can be relieved by the Active Release Technique are:
• Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
• Knee Problems
• Plantar Fasciitis
• Shoulder Pain
• Shin Splints
• Tennis Elbow
Athletes and other individuals whose work requires exertion of physical energy benefit a lot from Active Release Technique. It relieves their muscles of the stress they have acquired due to repeated use. It also allows patients to regain control over their bodies, to move independently once more and to reduce the cost of related treatments. Finally, it is a non-invasive solution to musculoskeletal problems. Hence, it is a holistic approach that can improve the person’s entire well-being.
Note: ART was developed by P. Michael Leahy, DC, CCSP.