Active Release Technique in Ottawa, or otherwise, is also know as ART and is an effective method of treating scar tissue in overused muscles. As adhesions on your muscles build up, they become shorter and weaker. These affect the joints and the motion of the muscle and may compress nerves. Hence, your tissue gets less blood, pain increases and mobility decreases.
Although Active Release Technique is being used by many professional athletes to get them back into the game, it can also be used to treat common muscles problems like headaches and back pain, common office related problems like carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis and other nerve issues, common sport ailments like shin splints, or temporomandibular joint, otherwise known as TMJ, plantar fasciitis, sciatica and numerous soft tissue inflammatory problems. The application of ART restores the smooth movement of tissue over each other, releases trapped nerves that are causing pain and allows for increased blood flow, which naturally restores health to the affected region.
Active Release Technique providers use their hands to gage texture, tightness and movement of soft tissue areas. Applying the right amount of pressure, they interrupt the adhesions and begin to break down the problem. Combined with stretching the fibrous area in both the venous and lymphatic flow directions, breaks the pattern and quickly restores motion to the affected area. Since there are many levels of ART, it is imperative that patients use a Certified ART Practitioner, because in the first three levels, the practitioner does the movement. But in the fourth and final level, the patient is required to move, assisting the practitioner in their application and contributing to their own recovery. Obviously, patient involvement has lead to better outcomes and speeds the process of getting people back to physical health.