Active Release Techniques (ART) for modern endurance aathletes
Active release technique (ART) is a modern sports massage that is coupled with movement of a specific muscle. The Active release program we incorporate into patient should be designed to help explosive athletes and endurance athletes. The goal of the Active Release Technique is to address the injury needs of performance athletes. The outcome of the treatment reduces injury and allows the athlete to maintain high performance in training and competition.
Active Release Technique is a state-of-the-art patented muscle treatment, designed by athletes for athletes, for finding and breaking down scar tissue and trigger points which cause pain, stiffness, numbness, tingling, and loss of range of motion. Scar tissue develops from direct trauma or repetitive microtrauma.
Sports that benefit from ART
- Water polo
- Rock climbers
- Baseball players
- Track athletes
Conditions that benefit from ART
- Compartment syndrome
- Shoulder impingement
- Shin splints
- Plantar fasciitis
- Rotator cuff tears
- Piriformis syndrome
- Nerve pain
- Car accidents
What is the ART difference?
ART sports massage is, like many treatments, not an end all be all treatment. It is a tool in a providers toolbox to be used with a corrective strength and conditioning program and chiropractic program. When combined with other tools from practitioners it increases the recovery time tenfold. ART has become a highly sought after sports injury recovery technique in both professional and amateur sports. It is so sought after because it can be highly specific to injuries when used correctly. Often injuries that feel global become honed in on to find that one thing that is causing pain and dysfunction.
ART is a method that is highly successful in repairing injuries to muscles, tendons, and nerves. By many, it is not considered massage, yet to others, it is a type of sports massage. ART is also not physical therapy or chiropractic care. While they are both successful at treating injuries related to aberrant motion and dysfunction, they do not directly address the massive impact scar tissue has on muscle strength and function.
Active Release Technique treatment sessions are combined with functional testing. Every session involves a test and retest of pain, function, and mobility. The ART provider uses their hand to find variations in muscle tone, movement, and texture. Abnormal fibers are treated by combining precisely driven muscle tension with very specific movements that revolve around the muscles action. There are over 500 different specific treatment protocols that are unique to the ART method.
Active release technique treatments should be unique to each individual and each session. Seldomly do the treatments repeat from session to session. When ART is performed correctly the treatments should evolve as the injury heals and the scar tissue is broken down. This may require treating up to 10 muscle groups initial and then treating 2 or 3 muscles once the recovery process comes to a finish a few sessions down the line.
Why do athletes choose ART?
Athletes have to train for their sport every day, sometimes twice a day. Training can include weight lifting that is 50% of their ability and even testing the waters around 95% or more depending on where they are in the season. This amount of training takes a toll on the body. When training the scar tissue that builds up from muscle repair changes how the muscle functions and leads to changes in performance. Poor performance is not what an athlete wants to experience. As time goes on poor function leads to changes in technique. Because the technique starts to change, injury is now a very real problem to the athlete.
The reason athletes focus so much on technique in their sport is to prevent injury. But, if you cannot acquire that technique because the muscle is limiting itself by scar tissue, injury is inevitable. Top athletes choose Active Release Technique to stay injury free and keep their muscles healthy and functioning properly. This allows athletes to stay on top of their technique and focus on increasing performance for their sport. With Active Release Technique athletes no longer have to worry about recovery time and if or how long they have to be sidelined.