A First Line of Defense Against Pain
What is it?
Active Release Techniques is a soft tissue therapy developed by Michael Leahy, DC. This is a manual, hands on technique used to examine, diagnose and treat soft tissues problems involving muscles, tendons, ligaments and nerves. ART is very successful in treating adhesions and scar tissue resulting from acute and chronic injuries to the musculoskeletal system.
Diagnosis & Treatment
- Back Pain
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Tennis Elbow
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Golfer’s Elbow
- DeQuervains Syndrome
- Frozen Shoulder
- Dupuytren’s Contracture
- ITB Syndrome
In a study published in the Journal of Physical Therapy Science, Active Release Techniques demonstrated significant positive outcomes in twenty-four individuals measured using Visual Analogue Scale (VAS), Pressure Pain Threshold (PPT) and Range of Motion (ROM). VAS is a measurement of a patient’s perceived pain level. PPT is a measurement of the minimum force applied which induces pain. ROM is the full movement potential of a joint, usually its range of flexion and extension.
Visual Analogue scale (Vas)
The ART group demonstrated significant improvements in VAS pain score, but no significant change was observed in the control group.
pressure pain threshold (ppt)
The PPT significantly increased in every muscle measured in the ART group. Muscle PPT demonstrated no significant change in the control group.
range of Motion (ROM)
After treatment, the ART group demonstrated significant increases in every neck, joint ROM parameter, while no significant changes were observed in the control group.
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