Active Release Technique (ART) is a massage technique that focuses on soft tissue movement in order to treat pain associated with muscles, tendons, ligaments, and nerves. Athletes who utilize this form of treatment range from recreational runners to professional football players and Olympic competitors.
ART is different from traditional massage techniques – through the massage, the therapist feels for any damaged tissue or nerves and addresses it on the spot. This allows for a speedier recovery time and restoration of the damaged tissue’s function.
Active Release Techniques can be used to resolve the following conditions:
- Tennis elbow
- Shin splints
- Shoulder pain
Acute Trauma vs. Chronic Injury
Tissue that has suffered from damage is usually a result of acute trauma or chronic injury. Acute trauma typically manifests as a small tear or pull from muscle overuse, while chronic injury is caused by several tears that occur consistently over a period of time. In some cases, damaged tissue can show no symptoms – which can lead to serious injuries if an athlete is putting continuous pressure on muscle or tissue that is already at risk for harm.
Because no two patients are alike, everyone has a different physical reaction to ART. While some experience the benefits immediately after one session, other patients require several sessions in order to restore proper function. If you choose to undergo ART massage therapy, talk to your massage therapist so you can come up with a treatment plan that best suits your needs.
At Manhattan Sports Therapy, we pride ourselves in offering dynamic treatments that yield lasting results. Our office provides a wide range of services, from acupuncture and sports massage to pre and post-operative rehab. Our goal is to guide you back to an active life, free of pain.
To learn more about our services, call our Manhattan sports medicine doctor today at (646) 798-1330 or contact our office online to request an appointment.