Active Release Therapy


Understanding Active Release Therapy: A Comprehensive Guide

If you suffer from pain or discomfort that is related to tight muscles or soft tissue injuries, then you may want to consider Active Release Therapy (ART) to help alleviate your symptoms. ART is an innovative, non-invasive technique that is designed to alleviate pain and improve function by breaking down scar tissue and improving joint mobility. In this blog post, we will explore what ART is, how it works, and how it can help you.

What is Active Release Therapy?

Active Release Therapy (ART) is a hands-on technique designed to evaluate, remove, and prevent muscle pain and injury. ART involves the use of manual techniques to locate and treat soft tissue adhesions that cause pain, stiffness, and other symptoms. ART can be used to treat a range of conditions, including headaches, back pain, tennis elbow, plantar fasciitis, and more.


How does Active Release Therapy work?

ART works by manually reducing the adhesions or “tough spots” in the muscles and connective tissue that cause pain and discomfort. During an ART session, your practitioner will use their hands to apply pressure to your muscles, tendons and ligaments, while you move through specific ranges of motion. This helps to break down scar tissue, and improve blood flow, joint mobility, and flexibility.

What to expect during a session?

At the start of your session, your practitioner will evaluate your condition and determine the most appropriate techniques to use. During your ART session, your practitioner will use their hands to apply pressure to your muscles while you move your affected body part in specific ranges of motion. This may feel uncomfortable or even painful at times, but it’s important to keep the communication open with your therapist to ensure they are working within your tolerance level.

Benefits of Active Release Therapy?

Active Release Therapy not only reduces pain and muscle tension, but it also improves range of motion, flexibility and blood flow to injured tissues. ART helps break the cycle of pain and promotes tissue healing by returning normal mobility to the affected area. This technique is an excellent tool for athletes and active people who want to maintain their physical health and prevent future injuries.


How to find an ART practitioner?

ART is a specialized technique that requires extensive training and education.  The Balance Health and Wellness Center offers this therapy.  Please call the office to schedule your appointment with Michael D’Antona L.Ac. for your ART treatment.
Active Release Therapy is a non-invasive, effective method for addressing pain and discomfort related to soft tissue injuries or tight muscles. When performed correctly, ART can promote healing, alleviate acute and chronic pain, and improve overall function and mobility. If you’re looking for a natural and effective way to reduce pain and restore mobility, ART may be a great option for you.