Active Release Therapy/Techniques (ART) was developed by Dr. Fr. Michael Leahy. Active Release Therapy is designed to help elite athletes return to peak performance as quickly as possible without prolonged massage. ART treats the following mild soft tissue injuries:
The Active Release Technique was originally developed for athletes, but it benefits everyone. It is directly aimed at loosening the accumulated scar tissue within the deep muscles that occurs when muscles are overworked for long periods of time.
In fact, ART is the only soft tissue manipulation therapy that directly repairs a muscle’s entire range of motion because it directly targets the underlying problem within the muscle.
Muscle overuse can result from long hours of training as well as normal daily activities such as walking, grocery shopping, more active jobs (such as teachers or construction workers), walking the dog in the neighborhood, and cooking. increase.
ART specialists are trained in over 500 specific stretching techniques. These techniques cover all major muscle groups, including quadriceps and hamstrings. upper back; shoulders; and chest. There are no basic steps to complete an Active His Release Therapy session because everyone is unique. However, the overall protocol remains the same.
ART specialists use their hands to identify scar tissue in the muscles.
The professional then uses several trigger point techniques, either by hand or with a small instrument, to release the tension that has built up in the scar tissue.
Patients are asked to move this muscle through a specific range of motion.
ART sessions can range from 30 to 60 minutes and should not be done more than once a week unless specifically directed by a specialist.
ART is a good option for high-performance athletes with localized pain.
ART is the only type of massage therapy that directly addresses the underlying muscles rather than the overlying connective tissue and fascia.