Using Active Release Technique For Sports Injuries

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
  • Sciatica
  • 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.

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