Active Release Therapy

Active Release Therapy (ART) is a non-invasive treatment for soft tissue restrictions that cause acute and chronic pain. Massage therapists, physiotherapists, chiropractors and physicians are eligible to perform this technique on patients who need it. Soft tissues include muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia. So, any injury to these parts can cause movement problems and pain. ART aims to treat the injury and restore the tissue to its normal, healthy state. 

At Physiotherapy First, we have experienced physiotherapists and chiropractors who are specially trained in this field. We help people of various ages recover from musculoskeletal disorders using the Active Release technique. Why don’t you get in touch with us and see if it is the right treatment for your condition? 

Soft Tissue Therapy

How Does Active Release Therapy (ART) Work?

We do multiple movements every day. This daily wear and tear of muscles often causes scar tissue. Scar tissue also forms when there is a muscle or tissue injury. If not taken care of initially, these scar tissues keep on building up and eventually form an adhesion. Adhesions tend to bind the muscles from the middle causing stiffness, pain and immobility in muscles. 

Active Release Technique breaks down these adhesions mainly. As the adhesions fall apart, the pain subsides, and your nerves, muscles and connective tissues are free to function again. In other words, you can move freely again without any pain or stiffness.

What to Expect from the Physiotherapist?

Our physiotherapists first perform a full body examination to figure out the exact underlying cause of your pain. This helps us understand if ART is the right treatment for you. They impose subtle pressure with their hands on your affected area to identify the location of adhesions or scar tissue. 

Once located, they isolate the scar tissue and break it up using a manual manipulation technique. This breaking up of scar tissue is what active-release therapy does. It facilitates the normal flow of blood throughout the injured area, thereby boosting faster recovery.

Manual Therapy Techniques
Deep Tissue Massage

When do you Need an Active Release Technique?

You can benefit from ART the most if you get the treatment at the right time. Look out for these symptoms to know if you need ART. 

  • Increased pain while exercising 
  • Weakness or tingling sensations 
  • Stiffness in back, neck, knees, hands and elbows
  • Restricted range of motion 
  • Reduced muscle strength
  • Inflamed joints 
  • Inability to move freely 
  • Sharp pain near the heel at the bottom of your foot

You should connect with our team as soon as you feel any of the above-mentioned symptoms. We locate the scar tissue and break it up to restore your normal range of motion.

Which Conditions Does it Treat?

Here are the common conditions treated by Active Release Therapy.

  • Tension headaches
  • Bursitis 
  • Tennis elbow
  • Sciatic nerve pain
  • Lower back pain
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Shoulder strains
  • Shin splits
  • Chronic neck pain
  • Plantar fasciitis 

Can you relate to any of these conditions? In that case, ART is a suitable treatment option for you. 

What are the Benefits?

Here are the main benefits of ART:

  • Better flexibility 
  • Improved range of motion 
  • Management of shin splits, plantar fasciitis and others
  • Reduced lower back pain 
  • Reduced chronic neck pain 

Whether you are troubled by the annoying neck pain or lower back pain, ART has the potential to bring you relief. 

How can Physiotherapy First Help?

The team of Physiotherapy First has gone through rigorous training in various treatment modalities including ART. We adopt an individualistic approach towards every patient. We assess our patients thoroughly to diagnose the exact cause of their problems. Our team then explains every treatment and proceeds only after you are comfortable. 

You can call us at 905-796-6662 to learn more about our Active Release Therapy services. We consult in the first session to gather information about your lifestyle, current symptoms and medical history.  Share your health concerns and receive the care you need for complete recovery.