What is Active Release Technique and What Does it Treat?

Active Release Technique, or ART, is a treatment method used frequently by Dr. Rivano to help patients who are suffering from chronic soft tissue pain in Florham Park, NJ.  Soft tissues refer to connective tissues, tendons, muscles, and ligaments.  But what exactly is ART and when is it most beneficial to use it?

Active Release Technique (ART) Explained

Active Release Technique in Florham Park, NJ

ART is a technique whereby the practitioner, in this case, your Florham Park chiropractor, works with your soft tissues in aspecific  way to ultimately remove adhesions and release scar tissue after an injury. This does a couple of things. First, it allows for greater blood flow to the affected area which improves healing and, second, it stretches the soft tissue, making it easier to move.

Think of it as being similar to having two pieces of metal slightly rusted together. If you continue to work at them, twisting and moving them just right, you are able to get them apart which allows them to move freely and independently. This is similar to what ART does to the soft tissues in your body that are somehow molded or bound to other tissues, thereby limiting your mobility and causing you pain.

What Types of Conditions Does ART Treat?

Because ART deals specifically with overuse types of conditions, it often provides better results for certain types of injuries. Some of the conditions or situations that may be best treated by the use of ART include, but aren’t limited to:

  • Back pain from repeated movements
  • Frequent and persistent headaches
  • Sciatica
  • Tendonitis
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome

Basically, any condition that creates scar tissue and is caused by using the same muscles over and over again can benefit from the use of ART. This technique is especially suitable for sports or works injuries, or anyone involved in activities requiring repetitive motions.

Active Release Technique and Chiropractic Care

If you’re suffering from a lack of mobility or have a lot of pain in your soft tissues, call Dr. Rivano’s office in Florham Park, NJ today and schedule an appointment. It’s time to free yourself from pain and make moving easier!