Frequently Asked Questions

1. What does treatment feel like?
2. Is this a massage technique?
3. Why is Active Release Therapy (ART) so effective?
4. How many treatments are needed to treat my problem?
5. Can I continue to be active in my sport during treatment?
6. Will the problem return again?

QUESTION: What does treatment feel like?

ANSWER: Active release treatments are very specific. We first examine the part that is painful and determine what muscles are involved. This can include range of motion, examining the muscles and some resistance evaluation. The technique is a shortening and elongation process of the restricted muscles that we do by hand. Generally you will feel some pressure as it is not a painful process. Patients usually say when they are being treated “that’s the spot” or “it feels like the area is opening up”.

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QUESTION: Is this a massage technique?


ANSWER: Not at all! This is a very specific soft tissue technique that is performed on the affected muscles. We do not rub the part but instead use light pressure to release the restrictions in the muscles and let them function again. It feel as if the part is released and the freedom if movement is restored.</br>

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QUESTION: Why is Active Release Therapy (ART) so effective?


ANSWER: When your soft tissue is injured the body responds by altering the way you move. It is impossible for the muscle to undergo a tear, develop an adhesion and perform normally. By analyzing the motion or activity we can see where the problem is and find out what effect it was having in your performance.

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QUESTION: How many treatments are needed to treat my problem?


ANSWER: A.R.T. is different than most other treatments as the treatments needed are significantly less. If the cause is identified and the proper treatment is given then the problem resolves. The lesion must be identified by the practitioner and treated. If this is done properly you will get well. Obviously each case is different and the care needed will depend on the time the problem has existed. Usually a 4-5 treatment over a 3 week period is all that is needed.

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QUESTION: Can I continue to be active in my sport during treatment?


ANSWER: Rest is key ingredient in care. Overuse is generally the cause of the problem in the first place so allowing the tissue to heal is important. You will be given stretches between treatments that will help to elongate the muscle fibers. Light exercise may be used.

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QUESTION: Will the problem return again?


ANSWER: When the oft-tissue problem is truly resolved the symptoms will not return unless the injury happens again. We also look to find the cause of the problem to avoid re-injury. We instruct in exercise, stretch, posture and technique so the mechanism of the injury can be prevented in the future.

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