Active Release Technique (or A.R.T.) is a patented, state of the art soft tissue system/movement based massage technique that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. Headaches, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, shin splints, shoulder pain, sciatica, plantar fasciitis, knee problems, and tennis elbow are just a few of the many conditions that can be resolved quickly and permanently with A.R.T. These conditions all have one important thing in common: they are often a result of overused muscles.
Over-used muscles (and other soft tissues) change in three important ways:
Each of these factors can cause your body to produce tough, dense scar tissue in the affected area. This scar tissue binds up and ties down tissues that need to move freely. As scar tissue builds up, muscles become shorter and weaker, tension on tendons causes tendonitis, and nerves can become trapped. This can cause reduced range of motion, loss of strength, and pain. If a nerve is trapped you may also feel tingling, numbness, and weakness.
Every A.R.T. session is actually a combination of examination and treatment. The A.R.T. provider uses his or her hands to evaluate the texture, tightness and movement of muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments and nerves. Abnormal tissues are treated by combining precisely directed tension with very specific patient movements.
The Gold Standard of soft tissue injury, the Active Release Technique, or A.R.T., is available for patients of all ages at Prime Therapy & Pain Center. As experts in pain relief, we recommend our non-invasive breakthrough therapy. A.R.T. is a researched and demanding certification involving over 500 protocols specific to each of the body’s soft tissues.
Even if you have not had success with other treatments, this program is for you. We address the root cause rather than merely treating symptoms. This results in a more long-lasting relief which is highly effective in preventing recurrent problems. The A.R.T. in conjunction with our other advanced techniques, will promote rapid recovery and can help conditions that have not previously responded to other treatments.
Following an A.R.T. session, most patients can notice an immediate improvement in their condition, with improvements continuing for up to 48 hours after the visit. Most conditions see dramatic improvement in 4-6 sessions
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1.Beware of physical therapy offices that provide only a passive type of therapy such as using only hot/cold pack, massage, electrical stimulation and ultrasound. These treatments may feel good for a very short period afterwards, but they are not a cure to your problem.
2.Beware of physical therapist who do not teach you something new for your problem during each appointment, whether it be a new exercise or self-help tip.
Change positions regularly to give your muscles the rest needed to support you better when you return. If you’re sitting, stand up. If you’re bending over, stand and arch backward. A 60 second break every 20 minutes is ideal. Walk 30-minutes briskly on a flat surface. Its important to keep your body’s circulation working well. This helps to increase healing. If pain arises take breaks as needed.
Should your pain become severe, apply ice to the area for 20 minutes. Do not put directly on the skin.
Do not sit longer than 15 consecutive minutes.
Use foot ease, curb, etc. for one leg during prolonged standing to lower pressure on your back.
Sleep on your side with pillows between the knees or on your back with pillows under your knees.