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  • Active Release Technique

    What is Active Release Technique

    Active Release Technique (ART) is a soft tissue massage technique that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves.

    Injured muscles, ligament, fascia, tendons and nerves all respond extremely well with ART treatment. 

    This technique may resolve many soft tissue injuries causing headaches, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, frozen shoulder, shin splints, shoulder pain, tendinitis, joint problems, and whiplash injuries.

    Many other problems attributed to muscle overuse that causes scar tissue buildup restricting movement, trapping nerves, and leading to pain can be resolved over time with Active Release.

    What separates ART treatment from conventional massage or muscle work, is the precise directed tension and the very specific movement to ensure the smooth movement of tissue.

    Treatments are continued at sequential time intervals until the symptoms produced by the lesions are alleviated.

    With ART, the whole structure can be treated instead of a particular section.

    It is the active motion of the muscle that allows the practitioner to break up the adhesions.

    An adhesion is fibrous tissue that develops from a small tear in the muscle, tendon or ligament.

    An adhesion can develop 3 ways:

    • Acute injury (trauma)
    • Overuse (repetitive motion injury)
    • Constant pressure/tension for an extended periods (poor posture)

    The adhesion limits blood flow to the structure, shortens the muscle and decreases the function of the structure. This can cause pain, weakness and sometimes numbness if the adhesion is putting pressure on a nerve.

    The soft tissue changes that occur following an injury are:

    • Inflammation (occurs in the first 24-72 hours)
    • Stringy muscles lesions (2 days-2 weeks)
    • Lumpy tissue, palpable adhesions (2 weeks-3months)
    • Leathery tissue, changes slowly and is more chronic (3 months and beyond)

    Each treatment only takes a few passes over the structure, and accomplishes greater results in a shorter amount of time than other soft tissue therapies.

    ART is extremely effective when it comes to treating soft tissue conditions whether it be athletic injuries such as shin splints, tight calf muscles and IT Band problems or work-induced pain like carpal tunnel or shoulder and neck tension .

    Call Coughlin Chiropractic at 317-546-9882 for your appointment.

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    Sources: ACAToday, WebMD

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    Our gentle holistic approach and natural solutions for many common health issues have improved the lives of many Indianapolis, IN residents.

    We specialize in non-surgical orthopedics, pain management, and physical rehabilitation. We concentrate in healing injuries caused by automobile accidents, sports injuries, and workplace injuries. We can help reverse the effects of injuries caused by repetitive motion, poor posture, and poor lifting habits. 

    At Coughlin Chiropractic, we believe in promoting wellness through injury prevention and health maintenance.  Call us (317)  546-9882 - We will help you.


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