Active Release Technique (ART)
What Is Active Release Technique?
Active Release Technique is a hands-on soft tissue diagnostic and management system that corrects muscular and soft tissue problems caused by the formation of adhesive tissues that are laid down due to overuse or cumulative trauma. Cumulative trauma and overuse of soft-tissue causes repetitive strain injuries, often referred to as ‘RSI’.
With an increasing number of people working longer work hours and engaging in higher intensity fitness sports, the occurrence of RSI is skyrocketing. Soft tissue (muscles, tendons, fascia, nerves) that is forced to perform the same job over and over becomes irritated and then inflamed. The body responds to inflammation by creating scar tissue (adhesive tissue) in an attempt to stabilise the area. Once this happens, an ongoing cycle begins that worsens the condition. The longer this condition persists, the harder it is to break this cycle.
How Does Active Release Technique Help With RSI’s?
Active Release Technique has a proven success rate of over 90% at treating these kinds of RSI’s. Our role as providers is to help restore optimal tissue texture and motion, restore the function of the soft tissue, and release any entrapped nerves or blood vessels. Active Release Technique accomplishes this by applying specific protocols that remove adhesions (or fibrosis) in the affected soft tissues and thus help to eliminate associating muscular pain and dysfunction.
The history of Active Release Technique
Active Release Technique was developed by Dr Michael Leahy, who prior to becoming a Doctor of Chiropractic was an Aeronautical Engineer. Combining his engineering background, with his knowledge of human anatomy and palpation expertise, Dr. Leahy formulated a unique and effective approach for dealing with soft-tissue injuries, now known as Active Release Technique or ART.
In the video to the right Dr Leahy talks about nerve entrapment syndromes and what the most common 92 are throughout the body – all of which can be treated using Active Release Technique.