Active Release Technique
Active Release Technique (ART) is a patented, soft tissue system and massage technique that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. Overuse conditions can often be resolved quickly and permanently with ART. Every ART session is a combination of examination and treatment. The athletic trainer uses his/her hands to evaluate the texture, tightness and movement of muscle, fascia, tendons, ligaments and nerves. Abnormal tissues are treated with precisely directed attention, combined with very specific patient movements. These treatment protocols (over 500 specific moves) are unique to ART, and allow the athletic trainer to identify and correct the specific problems that are affecting each individual client.
What To Expect
The athletic trainer will instruct you on how to move through a specific range of motion based upon the area being treated. He or she may apply pressure to the muscle being treated as it moves through this range of motion. Some discomfort may be experienced, but relief is generally felt immediately afterwards.
After an ART session, the patient should feel a release of tension in tight muscles, less pain due to the massaging technique, and experience an increased range of motion in what used to be problem areas.
Do I Need This?
Active Release Technique may be the best treatment option for you if you are affected by back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, shin splints, shoulder pain, sciatica, neck pain, plantar fasciitis, tennis elbow, or a similar condition.
Massage is one of the oldest healing arts, dating as far back as 3,000 years ago. Today, we know the benefits of massage to be varied. Massage therapy has proven beneficial for many painful, chronic conditions, including low back pain, arthritis, bursitis, fatigue and more. The act of massaging muscles increases circulation, promotes healing and decreases soreness. It can also help relieve the tension of everyday living, and stress from competing and exercising on a regular basis, renewing focus and promoting a healthy life. Athletes who have massages in their regular schedule will experience short- and long-term performance benefits, as well as injury prevention. Sports Recovery Annex offers a variety of massage therapy techniques, including:
Consists of manipulation of the muscle to prevent or improve sports injuries through the use of dynamic stretching to promote flexibility, increase circulation and stimulate the muscles. Sports massage therapists can identify areas in which you experience muscle tightness or determine muscle abnormalities that could potentially lead to injury if left untreated.
Deep Tissue/Neuromuscular Massage
Helps to reduce pain, increase range of motion, relieve muscle spasm and improve circulation in the body with the use of slow, deep strokes and deep finger pressure on the affected areas.
Swedish Massage (Relaxation)
A traditional relaxation full body massage, including several massage strokes, i.e. rolling, kneading and percussion to improve body circulation. It helps to relieve minor aches and pains and decrease stress levels in the body.