Muscle and/or tendon pain can be one of the most frustrating and agonizing types of pain in the world. That’s because not only will it be highly painful, but can also seriously limit your ability to bend or stretch joints or use muscles. Most people are hesitant to use harsh painkillers or muscle relaxers to cope with their pain, and one viable option worth considering is known as the Active Release Technique, or ART for short. When you find a provider of ART, you may actually find the solution to your pain that you’ve been looking for.
Basically, Active Release Technique is the manipulation of the soft tissues, ligaments, tendons, or muscles affecting the sufferer. The principle behind it is that through injury or overuse, various adhesions and scar tissues build up on the muscles and soft tissues. When this occurs, the muscles become weaker and shorter, the range of mobility is limited, and blood flow through the muscles is lessened. This can lead to serious pain, less flexibility, and more. Over time it can also lead to issues like an overall increase in body pain, headaches, fatigue, and much more.
A provider of the Active Release Technique will manually feel the muscles and soft tissue in the affected areas and then manipulate them. The ultimate goal is to break up the fibrous adhesions and scar tissue so that blood flow is improved and overall flexibility returns to the body. Studies done in 2008 suggested that using Active Release Technique could deliver benefits to those suffering from these issues, and if you’re trying to overcome muscle and joint pain without relying on drugs then this form of alternative health care could be one that is worth considering for your overall wellness. It could be exactly what your body needs, and is easier and more effective than you may think.
Dr. David Ingram
Nova Health & Wellness