Chiropractor, B.Sc. Kin, ART
Active Release Therapy in Calgary
Active Release Techniques is a hands-on, state-of-the-art soft tissue system/movement-based technique that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia, and nerves. At Encompass, we have the best experts trained in Active Release Therapy in Calgary.
How Active Release Techniques
Can Benefit Your Muscles
Headaches, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, shin splints, shoulder pain, sciatica, plantar fasciitis, knee problems, and tennis elbow are just a few of the many conditions that can be resolved quickly and permanently with ART. These conditions all have one important thing in common: they are often a result of overused muscles.
Over-used muscles (and other soft tissues) change in three important ways. Acute conditions (pulls, tears, collisions, etc), accumulation of small tears (micro-trauma) and not getting enough oxygen (hypoxia).
Each of these factors can cause your body to produce tough, dense scar tissue in the affected area. This scar tissue binds up and ties down tissues that need to move freely. As scar tissue builds up, muscles become shorter and weaker, the tension on tendons causes tendonitis, and nerves can become trapped. This can cause a reduced range of motion, loss of strength, and pain. If a nerve is trapped you may also feel tingling, numbness, and weakness. Active Release Therapy removes the scar tissue so the muscles, tendons, and ligaments can return to their proper function and flexibility.
Conditions Treated With
Active Release Therapy
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Evidence Informed Therapies
Our Active Release Experts
FAQs on Active Release Therapy
Aside from mild muscle soreness, there are no side effects with Active Release Techniques. Active Release Techniques are one of the safest hands-on interventions, and because of this, is the go-to treatment for almost any musculoskeletal condition.
Encompass Sports Therapy uses all-in-one pricing, meaning we do not charge extra for performing Active Release Techniques. Even if it was used on multiple areas of the body in conjunction with multiple modalities, the patient would still pay the same price.
Active Release Techniques can help with any musculoskeletal condition. A short list of conditions for which Active Release is recommended includes piriformis syndrome, glute strain, hamstring strain, Achilles tendonosis, tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, rotator cuff conditions, low back pain, neck pain, upper back pain, frozen shoulder, headaches, and many other ailments.
Myofascial Release is a generalized term for soft tissue work that involves applying pressure to trigger points, sometimes with motion. Active Release Techniques are the most advanced and tailored version of myofascial release, with extensive and rigorous courses to learn protocols for each muscle’s specific movement pattern and treatment requirements. Anyone can claim to perform a myofascial release, but when a therapist is certified in Active Release Therapy, you can be confident that they have extensive knowledge of soft tissue treatments.
Active Release Techniques work quickly, as most patients will feel looser right away. With older injuries, treatment typically needs to be performed several times to maintain the gains achieved in treatment. Still, patients are often fully resolved within 4-6 treatments.
With Active Release Technique, pressure is applied to a muscle as it is moved through its range of motion. This breaks apart adhesions and restores blood flow and motion to the damaged area. The pressure is often described as that of a “deep stretch” and patients often refer to the feeling of Active Release as a “good pain.” Essentially, Active Release feels like a good stretch, and in some patients, can lead to some mild achiness in the muscles the next day. Otherwise, there is no real pain with the process, and most people find the feeling therapeutic.