Active Release Technique

Chiropractic & Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation located in Austin, TX

Active Release Technique

Active Release Technique (ART) is a noninvasive, hands-on treatment for musculoskeletal illnesses and injuries. At Pinnacle Sports Performance and Rehabilitation, which has two locations in Austin, Texas, Ryan Anderson, DC, Logan Reiff, DC, and the team use ART to treat soft tissue disorders in athletes and other active people. Call the nearest Pinnacle Sports Performance and Rehabilitation office to schedule active release technique treatment, or book your appointment online today. 

Active Release Technique Q & A

I have back pain. Should I consider Active Release Technique (ART)?

Yes. Active release technique uses hands-on manipulation and movement to treat musculoskeletal problems and promote healing. It’s a safe and effective way to increase circulation and reduce inflammation after a sports or another activity-related injury.

If you suffer a soft tissue injury, the active release technique can complement your body’s natural healing process and help you return to your favorite activities. 

What conditions benefit from the active release technique?

The Pinnacle Sports Performance and Rehabilitation team uses the active release technique to treat various musculoskeletal conditions, including:

  • Sciatica
  • Low back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Tension headaches
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Bursitis
  • Tennis elbow
  • Shin splints
  • Shoulder strains

You might benefit from treatment if you have plantar fasciitis –– an overuse injury that causes a sharp, stabbing pain in the heel or arch of your foot. 

How does the active release technique work?

During an active release technique appointment, your Pinnacle Sports Performance and Rehabilitation provider uses their hands to break up adhesions –– dense areas of scar tissue that form after soft tissue injuries. 

When scar tissue builds up, it affects the movement of your muscles, limiting flexibility. Manipulating your soft tissues through the active release technique helps break up the scar tissue and increases blood flow to the area. This allows your muscles, joints, and nerves to move freely. 

What are the benefits of the active release technique?

Undergoing treatment with the active release technique offers various benefits, including:

  • Increased flexibility
  • Increased range of motion
  • Improved circulation
  • Less pain

The active release technique helps you return to work, exercise, and other activities sooner. 

Is the active release technique painful? What if I have low pain tolerance?

Active release technique is safe and usually well-tolerated but can be painful. During treatment, your Pinnacle Sports Performance and Rehabilitation provider applies direct pressure to sensitive areas of scar tissue. If you have a low pain tolerance, you might find treatment uncomfortable.

If you’re concerned about discomfort, let your provider know. The team offers a variety of other treatments that offer similar benefits. 

How many treatments will I need?

The number of ART treatments you need depends on the source of your discomfort and its effect on your daily routine. Some people see a significant improvement after just one session, but the Pinnacle Sports Performance and Rehabilitation team usually recommends a series of treatments.

Call the nearest Pinnacle Sports Performance and Rehabilitation office to schedule an active release technique consultation, or book your appointment online today.


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