5 Ways Active Release Technique Restores Muscle Strength - Texas Spine and Sports Therapy Center

5 Ways Active Release Technique Restores Muscle Strength

Active Release Technique

The rigors of daily routines and athletics can cause us to overuse muscles and tissues. This triggers a variety of symptoms and conditions that impact the way you move and function every day. Accumulating micro-damage to tissues from overuse can cause dense scar tissue to develop which can negatively impact the neighboring healthy tissue. You are at a higher risk for serious injury when your tissues aren’t healthy or when they break down. Muscles become weaker and shorter, tendons become inflamed, and nerves can get trapped, compressed or pinched. Fortunately, these conditions can be treated effectively with the Active Release Technique—a tissue-focused massage method that targets the affected muscles, nerves, tendons, and ligaments. Learn 5 ways that Active Release Technique therapy can help you!

Your Muscles

Your body is made up of over 650 different types of muscles. These muscles lie under your skin and cover your organs, tissues, bones, blood vessels and more. Muscles are perhaps the most important tissues for movement, as you couldn’t move without your muscles! Every move you make throughout the day involves many muscles working together, contracting and relaxing to move your body parts in certain directions. Even the slight twitch of your eye involves muscles. Overusing your muscles or not taking care of them can lead to injuries and ailments.

 

Accumulating micro-damage to tissues from overuse can cause dense scar tissue to develop, which can negatively impact the neighboring healthy tissue.You are at a higher risk for serious injury when your tissues aren’t healthy or when they break down. Muscles become weaker and shorter, tendons become inflamed, and nerves get trapped, compressed or pinched.

 

What Is Active Release Technique?

Injuries and wear and tear is bound to happen with so many muscles in the body. When muscles become weaker or nerves become compressed, patients experience problems such as:

  • Chronic neck, back, leg or shoulder pain
  • Muscle and ligament tears
  • Headaches
  • Damaged or compressed nerves
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Shin splints
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Tennis or golf elbow
  • Sciatica

 

What can you turn to when you damage your muscles? Active Release Technique! This is a tissue-focused massage method that targets your affected muscle tissue, nerves, tendons and ligaments. Your physician will use their hands to feel and evaluate the affected area. Once we detect abnormal or inflamed tissue, we treat it with precisely-applied pressure or tension, combined with specific patient movements.

 

Active Release Technique

5 Ways You Benefit

  • Treats your symptoms – Active Release Technique is able to treat your symptoms without surgery or narcotic painkillers. Many patients turn to these two options, which both come with certain risks. Surgery comes with weeks or months of rehabilitation, is expensive, and sometimes is ineffective at treating the problem. Narcotics easily lead to addiction and abuse. Active Release Technique provides patients with a natural way to treat their symptoms.
  • Decreases scar tissue – ART involves stretches coupled with specific massage techniques. After injury, or with degenerative conditions, scar tissue can build up and harden, causing pain and limiting your movement. Through stretching and massage techniques, ART can break up and decrease the scar tissue you have.
  • Treats carpal tunnel – With carpal tunnel, tendon swelling compresses your median nerve. This happens from tendon overuse. We stretch and massage your muscles while flossing that nerve back and forth. This treats your carpal tunnel syndrome effectively.
  • Ulnar nerve entrapment – Much like carpal tunnel syndrome, we can treat other nerves (such as the ulnar nerve) similarly to treat your pain and symptoms.
  • Perfect for athletic injuries – If you are involved in sports, you know injuries are common. Instead of having to take months off for injuries, see what ART can do to reduce scar tissue buildup and nerve compression. ART can also help athletic injuries heal better and faster.

Improve Your Muscle Health

Active Release Technique is an excellent alternative to conventional medication or surgery, as it promotes your body’s inherent capacity for healing and self-correction. Results vary on an individual basis. However, we see that most patients report full recovery and permanent pain relief after completing their treatment. If you want to see what Active Release Technique can do for you, call Texas Spine & Sports Therapy Center today at (512) 806-0015!

 

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