By Dr. Jeffrey Goodyear DC
Ever find yourself reaching up and grabbing your neck muscles and thinking "These are SO tight, how will I ever get them to relax?". Read on dear reader! Active Release Technique® may be a great option for you.
Active Release Technique® (ART) is a soft tissue manipulation used for a variety of conditions. It combines the active contraction of an injured tissue with a corresponding manual tension placed onto the specific area. This technique can be effective for acute or chronic disorders of muscle, fascia, ligaments, tendons and even nerves!
An example of a treatment for that tight upper trapezius muscle we were talking about earlier (a common symptom for office workers): the patient would be seated and instructed to bring their right ear to their right shoulder and then slowly bring their left ear to the left shoulder. The practitioner meanwhile would constantly apply a downward pressure on the trapezius muscle as the patient actively contracted the muscle through its movement.
The desired outcome is to release tension, break up scar tissue, increase range of motion and help facilitate the body's natural healing mechanisms. ART is used for a variety of tissue injuries not limited to, but including: headaches, acute strains/sprains, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, sciatica, knee problems and plantar fasciitis. The treatment itself can be pretty intense but the positive outcomes it produces outweigh the intensity. I like to say that "it hurts but it works".
We are always accepting new patients here at King Liberty Health Centre, so venture down to Liberty Village and book an appointment for Active Release Technique®!