Active Release Technique | ART

Scar tissue, muscle injuries, and nerve damage are just a few issues that can cause extensive problems in people’s day-to-day lives. Finding relief isn’t always easy and can require a focused and measured effort by trained professionals. At Adapt Health, our team of chiropractors and physical therapy professionals utilize Active Release Technique (ART) in order to break up adhesions, increase our clients’ range of motion, and reduce overall pain. Learn more about Active Release Technique and book your appointment at Adapt Health today.

What is Active Release Technique?

Active Release Technique is an approach to physical therapy that targets and manipulates the soft tissue all around your body. The goal is to stimulate blood flow in specific areas to help promote faster healing of muscles, ligaments, nerves, and scar tissue. Chiropractors, physicians, and physical therapists are among professionals who use their knowledge of the human body to figure out where to focus their attention for the best pain relief results for their patients.

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Which Body Parts Are Targeted?

Active Release Technique can be applied all around your body to attempt to assist with healing injuries, chronic conditions, and scar tissue. Generally speaking, ART can be applied to your body when you are seeking help with pain relief or management. Everyone’s body is different, so Active Release Technique can have varying degrees of success with every patient. Consulting with your chiropractor or physician can help determine if this technique is the right path for you to take in the search for relief.

Tendons and Ligament

Your tendons and ligaments are responsible for the connection between your muscles and bones. They are durable, but not invincible. As you age, constant use can cause them to wear down, decreasing your range of motion and leaving you more vulnerable to injuries. They can lead to stiffness and pain surrounding all of your joints and muscles.


Fascia is connective tissue that supports your muscles and organs. This fibrous tissue can become inflamed due to injury or illness and cause extensive amounts of pain around all parts of your body. Plantar fasciitis is a common fascia-related condition that affects your feet. Inflammation can lead to severe pain and difficulty walking, as the plantar fascia helps connect your heel to the front of your foot.

All Muscle Groups

All of your different muscle groups can be targeted using Active Release Technique in an attempt to help ease pain and stiffness. Tears and stiffness caused by trauma and overuse can affect areas around your body. Whether it is in your back, neck, shoulders, or legs, ART can be applied to help heal the area and potentially restore your full range of motion.

What Can ART Help With?

When properly executed, Active Release Technique can assist in the treatment of a variety of painful injuries and conditions involving your muscles, nerves, and joints. These are just a few of the conditions that ART can potentially help relieve:

  • Joint pain
  • Back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Chronic headaches
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Bursitis
  • Sciatic nerve pain
  • Shin splints

If you suffer from chronic pain, Active Release Technique could possibly help you. Don’t hesitate when it comes to medical issues that make getting through the day painful and difficult — contact Adapt Health in Santa Fe now.

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How Can I Tell if I Have Scar Tissue?

Scar tissue can come in all shapes and sizes in areas all over your body and cause different issues, depending on the severity of the damage and its location. Common symptoms that you may notice include, but are not limited to:

  • Muscle stiffness
  • Weakness in your muscles
  • Tingling or pain in your fingers and toes
  • Inflammation in your joints
  • Reduced range of motion
  • Frequent pain, especially when exercising

If you are experiencing any of the above, you could potentially benefit from Active Release Technique. Your physician or chiropractor can help find the area of concern and determine if ART could help you manage your pain. A brief discussion of symptoms and physical evaluation will assist your doctor in finding the source of your injury and how best to address it through targeted therapy.

What Should I Expect From Treatment?

While everyone can react differently to Active Release Technique, its application is generally the same across providers.
It is important to understand that ART isn’t just a typical massage and therefore you should not expect an entirely relaxing experience. Since you are dealing with existing injuries and tears in your muscles, joints, tendons, and ligaments, there will likely be an element of pain involved during the procedure. Your physician or chiropractor will be applying precise and focused pressure to the injured area which can cause discomfort during and after the technique is administered.

While you may only need a single session to address your injury, it could potentially take more time and effort to see results. Everyone reacts differently, so don’t be discouraged if you aren’t feeling entirely better after your first appointment. Depending on the extent of your injury, its location, and whether or not the targeted area of your body is used frequently in your daily life, treatment might take more time.
One of the most important things to note when looking into ART for your injuries is that it should only be performed by a certified professional. Because of the precise nature of the technique and the fact that you are dealing with an injured part of your body, you need a physician or chiropractor in order to avoid exacerbating the injury and causing lasting harm.

Active Release Technique is non-invasive and could be right for you in assisting with pain reduction. Consult with your doctor and schedule an appointment for treatment if you start to notice signs of injury so that you can address the issue before it becomes worse.

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Contact Adapt Health Today!

You don’t have to spend the rest of your life dealing with constant pain in your muscles and joints. With proper utilization of Active Release Techniques from the chiropractic team at Adapt Health, your pain can potentially be reduced or eradicated entirely.Don’t waste another minute of your life accepting defeat when it comes to scar tissue, nerve damage, or muscle injuries. Contact Adapt Health to schedule a consultation and let us try to help mitigate and manage your injuries with Active Release Techniques applied by our professional team of physical therapists.

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