Active release treatment (ART) is a form of treatment used by a variety of healthcare providers such as chiropractors, physical therapists, massage therapists, and physicians. This care method uses a combination of precise manipulation and movement in order to treat soft tissue injuries.

As one of the most effective treatment practices for soft tissue pain, ART works by locating and targeting scar tissue buildup. Scar tissue can accumulate around muscles, ligaments, tendons, and nerves, leading to severe pain and limiting daily function.

ART has been used for over 30 years and is a safe and effective treatment method for patients of all ages.

What Does it Treat?

Designed to break up collections of dense scar tissue, ART is useful for most soft tissue injuries and subsequent pain. ART is a popular treatment method for athletes and physically active individuals. The technique can help conditions such as:

  • Lower back pain
  • Chronic neck pain
  • Tension headaches
  • Shoulder strains (frozen shoulder)
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Shin splints
  • Sciatic nerve pain
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Bursitis
  • Tennis elbow

Benefits to Active Release Treatment

The stimulation caused by manipulation and movement helps promote blood flow to the injured area allowing for faster healing, increased flexibility, and reduction in the associated pain. Scar tissue worsens over time as nerve endings regrow and become entrapped in the fibrous tissue. These affected areas can become highly sensitive, limiting an individual’s range of motion and their quality of life. In some cases, scar tissue can lead to further health complications.

With ART helping to break apart thick tissue buildup, healthy tissue can once again start to regrow. Signs of scar tissue include:

  • Localized inflammation
  • Redness
  • Itchiness
  • Throbbing
  • Tingling or numbness
  • Stiffness
  • Increased pain from exercise
  • Limited flexibility

The use of ART can deliver results in as little as one treatment but often requires multiple sessions to see long-term improvement. Sessions normally last between 15 to 30 minutes. ART provides individuals with a natural soft tissue treatment option without the need for injections or invasive surgeries.

Active Release Treatment in Denver

Interested in active release treatment for your pain? Upon entering our clinic, our team will conduct a full exam of your situation and overall health to determine the severity and source of your pain source.

Through a combination of ART and lifestyle adjustments, Dr. Reinhardt and his team can help alleviate your soft tissue-related pain. Schedule an appointment today to start healing!