Active Release physical therapy Techniques Hadley, MA

Active Release Techniques

Active Release Techniques (ART) are a soft tissue method that focuses on relieving tissue tension via the removal of fibrosis/adhesions which can develop in tissues as a result of overload due to repetitive use. These disorders may lead to muscular weakness, numbness, aching, tingling and burning sensations

ART ( physical therapy) is used to treat symptoms with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia, and nerves. Its design is 3 fold:

  • to restore free and unimpeded motion of all soft tissues
  • to release entrapped nerves, vasculature, and lymphatics
  • to re-establish optimal texture, resilience, and function of soft tissues.

Tissues are prone to negative changes from trauma, such as swelling, fibrosis, and adhesions. During treatment, the clinician uses manual therapy to apply compressive, tensile and shear forces to address repetitive strain injuries, cumulative trauma injuries, and constant pressure tension lesions. The clinician applies deep tension at the area of tenderness while the patient is instructed to actively move the injury site from a shortened to a lengthened position. The placing of a contact point near the lesion and having the patient move in a manner that produces a longitudinal sliding motion of soft tissues, e.g, nerves, ligaments and muscles beneath the contact point helps relieve the tissue of adhesions and restores proper texture.

For more information, Contact our Physical Therapist at Hadley, MA center.