As an effective and reliable solution for running injuries and recurring pains, Active Release Techniques (ART) ® has been gaining much popularity in the sports related medical field. This patented therapy targets soft tissue through a series of targeted massages to relieve pain in muscles, ligaments, tissues, nerves, tendons and fascia. In this blog post, we look at the significance of ART® in treating running or sports related injuries.
Running injuries – an explanation
Sports related injuries usually involve the overuse of specific muscles of the body which lead to spasms, tension, pain, occurrence of scar tissue, damage to fascia/tendons/ligaments/nerves and eventual loss of normal function in the affected area of the body. Overused muscles tend to create three kinds of problems – acutely painful conditions such as muscle spasms, pulls, tears or contracture, micro- trauma to the involved tissue OR lack of oxygen (Hypoxia) in the affected area. The human body deals with these problems by creating scar tissue that is tougher and denser than regular muscles, thereby restricting healthy tissue from regular movements, often trapping nerves and putting unnecessary pressure on tendons and joint. The result? Reduced motion and strength in the affected area coupled with unbearable pain.
ART®procedures – in a nutshell
As a specifically targeted massage, ART® involves the use of over 500 treatment protocols and unique movements through which a practitioner attempts to treat the abnormal tissue and alleviate pains caused by sports related injuries. Any administration of ART® techniques is preceded by a careful examination of the texture, tightness and movement of a patient’s muscles and nerves. This initial examination leads the practitioner to identify the exact nature of the injury cause, which is then treated through precisely directing tension by using complex ART® treatments that are tailor made to suit the individual patient’s case. This patented soft tissue treatment system has been successfully used to treat and provide active relief in various injuries including Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Plantar Fasciitis, Iliotibial Band Syndrome, Runner’s Knee and even Rotator Cuff Injuries.
If you are interested in booking an Active Release Techniques based treatment, make sure you book a consultation with an experienced ART® certified practitioner. Be safe, and happy running!