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Active Release Technique

Active Release Techniques

Overuse Injuries, Sports Chiropractic and the Active Release Techniques® (ART)

Countryside Chiropractic offers Active Release Techniques as a treatment part of our treatment protocol for many overuse related injuries. Whether is part of our Sports Chiropractic treatments for athletes and sports injury or, other common problems like work related injuries that may be due to repetitive movements.

Active Release Techniques is a patented, state-of-the-art soft tissue movement and stretching technique that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves often associate with overuse and sports injuries. It is also effective in treating: 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 Active Release Techniques. This is an effective technique for sports chiropractic on athletes because these conditions all have one important thing in common; they are often a result of overused muscles.

How do overuse inuries occur?

Over-used muscles (and other soft tissues) change in three important ways:

  • · acute conditions (pulls, tears, collisions, etc)
  • · accumulation of small tears (micro-trauma)
  • · not getting enough oxygen (hypoxia)

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 cause 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.

What is an Active Release Techniques treatment like?

Every Active Release Techniques session is actually a combination of examination and treatment. The Active Release Techniques 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.

These treatment protocols - over 500 specific moves - are unique to Active Release Techniques. They allow providers to identify and correct the specific problems that are affecting each individual patient. Active Release Techniques is not a cookie-cutter approach.

What is the history of Active Release Techniques?

Active Release Techniques has been developed, refined, and patented by P. Michael Leahy, DC, CCSP. Dr. Leahy noticed that his patients' symptoms seemed to be related to changes in their soft tissue that could be felt by hand. By observing how muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments and nerves responded to different types of work, Dr. Leahy was able to consistently resolve over 90% of his patients' problems. He now teaches and certifies health care providers all over the world to use Active Release Techniques.  Common overuse, work related, personal injury (auto injury) and sports injuries treated by Active Release Techniques

     · Arthritis                                               · Muscle pulls or strains

  • · Achilles tendonitis                                · Muscle weakness
  • · Ankle Injuries                                      · Myofascitis
  • · Back Pain                                            · Neck Pain
  • · Bicepital Tendonitis                              · Nerve Entrapment Syndromes
  • · Bunions                                               · Plantar Fascitis
  • · Bursitis                                                · Post surgical
  • · Carpal Tunnel Symptoms                       · Repetitive Strain Injuries
  • · Compartment syndrome (Chronic)          · Rib Pain
  • · De Quervains's Tenosynovitis                 · Rotator Cuff Syndrome
  • · Dupuytren's contracture                        · Running Injuries
  • · Foot pain/injury                                    · Scar Tissue Formation
  • · Frozen Shoulder/ Adhesive Capsulitis      · Sciatica
  • · Gait Imbalances                                    · Shin splints
  • · Golfer's/ Tennis Elbow (Tendinitis)          · Shoulder Pain
  • · Golf Injuries                                          · Sports Injuries
  • · Hammer Toes                                        · Swimmer's Shoulder
  • · Hand Injuries                                        · Tendinitis
  • · Headaches                                            · Thoracic outlet syndrome
  • · Hip Pain                                                · Throwing Injuries
  • · Iliotibial band syndrome                         · TMJ (Temporo Mandibular Joint Dysfunction)
  • · Impingement syndromes                        · Weight Lifting Injuries
  • · Joint dysfunction                                 · Whiplash (Hyperextension/Hyperflexion Injury)
  • · Knee meniscus injuries                           · Wrist Injuries
  • · Knee Pain                                              · Leg Injuries