Active Release Technique® (ART®)
NW Injury & Rehab Center is proud to offer Active Release Technique® (ART®), a highly sought after service that few clinics provide. Our ART® providers are licensed health care professionals that have chosen to go through extra education and training in the area of treating muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia, and nerves.
ART® is a highly specialized and specific soft tissue technique that differs from massage in that it requires active participation and movements by the patient while at the same time the practitioner is “pinning” down the affected tissue that is being elongated and released. The ART® practitioner has at their disposal over 500 different protocols to choose from depending on the patient needs.
ART® has shown to be very effective in treating such conditions as but not limited to:
- Reduced joint range of motion
- Back pain
- Neck pain
- Chronic overuse injuries
- Acute injuries
- Post Surgical pain
- Frozen Shoulder
- Adhesive Capsulitis
- Strains and Sprains
- Scar Tissue
- Shin splints
- Plantar fascittis
- Tension headaches
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Tennis elbow
- Sciatic nerve pain/sciatica
- De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis
- Rib injuries
If you would like to know if ART® would be beneficial to you, or would like to know more, please call our clinic (360) 573-1933 or click the button below to schedule a free consultation with one of our doctors.
Active Release Technique® Q&A
Can you tell me a little about what ART is?
ART® is a patented technique used for treatment of soft tissue dysfunction and pain. It has over 500 specific protocols to precisely target specific muscles, tendons, ligaments and joint capsules that can be problematic or painful. We usually tell people that healthy tissue should move freely among one another like boiled noodles with a little oil on them- they move independently from other noodles and are soft and supple. Tissues that have been repetitively broken down from micro traumas, or injured, change texture from ‘soft noodles’ to a ‘sticky white rice’. When a texture changes to ‘sticky rice’ the tissue structures no longer move independently and become adhered to other surround tissues. ART® is designed to pin and stretch tissues one at a time and reset the structures so they can reset and move like their original functions.
What kinds of injuries/ailments are treated using ART® Therapy?
So many! Any type of stubborn muscle pain that you may notice throughout your day. Carpal tunnel syndrome and/or nerve pain, weakness, numbness in the forearms and hands. Sciatica problems. Plantar fasciitis. Chronic headaches and migraines. Limited ranges or motion in a joint. Low back pain. Rotator cuff issues. Literally if somebody has pain that is in musculoskeletal form, ART® can be of benefit for them.
Who can benefit from these services?
Literally anybody who has had or is currently having any issue stemming from soft tissue. Even those who don’t currently have pain but just want some preventative care could benefit from some work.
What is the difference between regular massage and ART®?
ART® differs from massage therapy for a few reasons. A few of the obvious- almost always we work directly over clothing so no disrobing is necessary. We don’t use any oil or lotions, as we need to maintain a good tension on the skin. The biggest difference is the active participation and movements we show the person [what] to do as we treat. There are certain positions we will show you how to do, and have you very slowly move though that range of motion as we hold specific tension on the area being treated.
How many treatments does it take before a client starts seeing results?
Most of the time immediately after a treatment the person will see results. It depends on the initial issue that brought them in however. For example, nerve entrapments and pain generally take longer to resolve because of the nature of the nervous system. Chronic muscle pain typically resolves much faster and can be approached a little more aggressively. If on a routine schedule, a lot of progress can be noted even after a few weeks.
Can ART® work alongside regular chiropractic care?
Soft tissue work and chiropractic NEED to go hand in hand. A lot of patients now go back and forth between the doctors and the massage therapists. It’s really important that soft tissue massage is reinforced with correct alignment by either Dr. Eric or Dr. Brandon. We may work on somebody who gets bad headache or migraines and loosen up their tension but if their neck is still not in correct alignment full benefit might not be reached. Likewise, if an adjustment was performed and the musculature in the neck was not addressed, the adjustment might not hold and be pulled right out of place again by hypertonic muscles.