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ART or Active Release Therapy is a unique form of massage that has several uses in chiropractic therapy. Nerves, muscles, ligaments, tendons and fascia are gently moved through the use of soft tissue manipulation. The patented technique is ideal when treating muscles that must constantly move in repetitive patterns. Overworked muscles are easily treated and results are often permanent.
ART, when used in conjunction with chiropractic care, can be effective in treating many conditions associated with overused muscles. Hypoxia (lack of oxygen), micro tears and acute conditions such as strains, tears and pulls, can all be treated with use of gentle massage and soft tissue manipulation. Athletes and individuals who must perform the same strenuous activities day after day as part of the job can receive relief with ART.
ART can also be used to alleviate the pain and discomfort plantar fascitis, lower back pain, headaches, shoulder pain, elbow, pain, conditions involving the knee and shin splints, just to name a few. By using the ART technique, blood flow can be restored to an injured area. This increases the amount of oxygen and nutrients the injury receives and can speed up the healing process. Individuals who suffer tension headaches and neck pain associated with working at a desk all day can also be successfully treated with ART.
The ART technique works by keeping tissues pliant and flexible. It improves circulation, releases tension and increases both range of motion and flexibility. When an injury or stress occurs in a muscle, scar tissue can begin to develop almost immediately. With the use of the ART technique, scar tissue is minimized. Increased amounts of oxygen and nutrients carried by the blood will help strengthen and heal tissues, restoring them to their natural resiliency. While some scarring is inevitable, it will be dramatically reduced if the injury is treated as soon as it occurs.
Soft tissue manipulation and massage reduce stress and prevents swelling and inflammation from causing the area to become stiff and sore. Stress and overuse can cause muscles to begin to tighten, resulting in restricted blood flow and stiffness that limits movement and can create scar tissue within the joint. The gentle pressure used during the ART technique is both relaxing and rejuvenating. Manually maneuvering the tissues helps to maintain flexibility and reduce stiffness that often accompanies an injury.
Call our office today to find out how ART and the techniques associated with it can help you get back on the road to healing. Our chiropractor can use this state of the art healing technique to help reduce pain and inflammation while at the same time, increasing your range of motion and mobility. At Nichols Chiropractic, our staff is available to answer your questions and help you make an informed decision when it comes to your personalized health care.