Active Release Technique (ART)
Active Release Technique (A.R.T.) -the gold standard care for soft tissue injuries such as Carpal Tunnel, Golfer’s elbow, Rotator Cuff Injury and many more. www.activerelease.com.
Dr. Michael Lealiy, a Chiropractor, astrophysicist, and former “Top Gun” fighter pilot developed ART in the early 1980s. He observed that when people are involved in repetitive types of activities such as typing, lifting, working with tools, sports or posture, they can develop a myriad of chronic injuries. carpal tunnel syndrome, tennis or golfer’s elbow, rotator cuff injury, swimmer’s shoulder, migraines, TMJ, spinal problems, runner’s knee, foot plantar fascitis, are but a few chronic types of disorders that can come from repetitive injury. He found that these injuries develop because of the formation of scar tissue.
When an injury occurs involving soft tissue (non-bone), your body, in response, lays down scar tissue to protect and stabilize the injury. This is similar to when calluses form on a workman’s hand. At first, the skin on his hands is soft and flexible, but after repetitive injury to the skin while working with picks and shovels, the skin on the hands cracks, bleeds and then forms a callus. This callus is scar tissue; it is a protective barrier, but its type of tissue is tight, coarse and hard. It has lost its flexibility and suppleness. These are the exact same changes that can happen to other areas of soft tissue that are exposed to repeated injury. Someone who is a typist for example, causes small but repeated injury to the muscles of the wrists and forearms day after day. Over time, this injury causes callus formation in these muscles and causes them to be tight, short, hard and weak. This tightness can squeeze a nerve and cause pain and numbness to travel down a persons arm, resulting in carpal tunnel syndrome.
This is just one example of a bodily injury that can take place anywhere in a body exposed to repeated injury: elbows, shoulders, neck, back, knees and feet. Accredited ART providers use their hands to break up this scar tissue, allowing it to be reabsorbed, thereby freeing the tissue and fixing the condition. The traditional approach of using anti-inflammatory drugs and prescription pain killers comes with a myriad of side effects and dangers. Also, while on their own, massage, heat, stretching, and exercise are useful, the benefits are only temporary. However, when in Chandler Pain Clinics care, our Chiropractic and Active Release Techniques, offer a more permanent and natural solution.
ART treatment can sting but is always done within the tolerance of the patient. The correction can be instant or take several treatments depending on many factors: the severity of the condition, how many problems are involved in condition, how old the injury is, the health and age of the patient, and history of surgery.
Examples of conditions treated by ART:
- Whiplash and neck injuries
- Hand, Wrist, Elbow and Shoulder problems
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- De Quervains’s syndrome
- Golfer and tennis elbow
- Rotator cuff injury
- Frozen shoulder
- Headaches, both tension and chronic migraine
- Spinal pain, stiffness and weakness
- Hip and Buttock pain
- Chronic muscle strains tendentious
- Runner’s knee and foot plantar fascitis
- TMJ jaw disorders, clicking, tightness or pain.