A massage for muscle pain

200380542-001What do back pain, shin splints and tennis elbow have in common?

They all stem from overused muscles, which can lead to discomfort and a reduced range of motion. For years, many people simply lived with these problems. Today, a treatment called Active Release Techniques (ART) can help you find relief.

Here are answers to questions you may have about Active Release Techniques (ART):

1. What is ART?

It’s a patented massage technique that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves.

Muscles and other soft tissues may be pulled or torn, and they may become deprived of oxygen. Result? Your body produces scar tissue, which causes muscles to weaken and become shorter. Nerves may become trapped. This can result in a limited range of motion, loss of strength and pain. A trapped nerve may cause tingling, numbness and weakness. The PT pinpoints the location of the problem and uses special massage techniques to relieve the discomfort.

2. What conditions can be improved by ART?

ART may provide relief from headaches, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, shin splints, shoulder pain, sciatica, plantar fasciitis, knee problems and tennis elbow.

3. How does it work?

A physical therapist will evaluate the texture, tightness and movement of your muscles, ligaments and nerves. You’ll move the injured muscle or ligament while the PT touches or presses on the area. That allows him or her to feel the body part as it moves and treat the problem. There are more than 500 different treatment “moves,” so you’ll receive individualized care.

4. Who is qualified to perform ART?

Look for a PT certified in ART. Certification typically takes months of preparation and training. Advanced Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation PT’s are trained and certified in ART.

For more information on ART, contact us at contact us here.

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